Every once in awhile, like when disaster strikes near or far, it dawns on me that we live blessed lives here in Syracuse. Yes, every family has its own difficulties, even tragedies. And yes, it can be quite a job ensuring that our city develops in a way that will help halt the climate change disaster that looms ever closer.
But in the meantime, it’s good to know that, even in our imperfect union, most of us are afforded the ability to enjoy the basic rule of law and a voice that is counted in our local and national elections, thanks to an amazing Constitution and particularly its Bill of Rights… and the people willing to protect them.
An amazing, inspiring and, in many ways, horrific series of events are unfolding in Iran. To put it simply, people who counted on their votes being counted in the recent election believe, with good reason, that there was extensive fraud and the results are not valid. And those people have taken to the streets in protest. As you watch the video below, consider, if you will, how very much we have in common with the Iranian people. We all want our basic needs to be met in a country that respects the rule of law and that listens to the voice of the people.
Then, whoever or whatever your Higher Power might be, consider a prayer, a meditation, a thought, on behalf of these people who just want their vote to count. (Warning: at minute 4:55 some graphic images start to appear.)