Outgoing Democratic Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave his brief but impassioned farewell speech the other day.
He referenced "E pluribus unum" which is Latin for "Out of many, one" and is considered the de facto motto of the United States. Mr. Kucinich spoke about unity, the unity of state, the United States of America, but urged us to think deeper than that, to embrace the unity of all people everywhere.
He then went on to decry the politics of divisiveness that prevails in Washington and called for a new politics that supported our hunger for unity.
His three and a half minute speech reminded us of why they got rid of him. He spoke the truth, unpopular in the chamber of liars. But truth resonates. When he called for "mutual respect" his words were backed up by his presence; even as he offered such "tough love," it was respectful, absent name calling or blame.
How far can mutual respect go? Consider your own boundaries. You respect your family, your friends. Your neighbors? How about people of another political party, a different country, race, religion?
The hunger for unity is an evolutionary imperative, it's where humanity is heading. Those who stubbornly cling to their prejudices are like dinosaurs. Strong though they may seem, all-powerful, they will vanish from the earth.
Until then, we co-exist, those who embrace unity and those who champion judging exclusiveness. Each moment we have the opportunity to choose which side of this paradigm we are on.
Thank you, Congressman Kucinich and please hurry back!