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To the editor:

America, as long as people remain indifferent to events occurring here in these United States, nothing will change for the better. Moments of crises such as these present a rare opportunity for making fundamental changes in human behavior. You have a duty to contribute to the betterment of this country, the world. 

“America will never be destroyed from the outside, if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” (Abraham Lincoln)

The insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 in our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., revealed just how disconnected you are from reality. It was disheartening to watch your lack of empathy.

America, your chasing of that conjured lost cause, a self-imposed fear of losing your fabricated racial superiority in society, has blurred your moral conscience. You are so hell-bent on keeping a culture built on the back of others. It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. Yet, you keep trying, again.

Society, in general, often focuses on things like money, social status and fame, thereby, losing sight of the treasures of the heart. The only way to lead a truly happy life is to accumulate the treasures of the heart. America, you should be leading the way of overcoming racial differences, closing the gap of privilege, and most importantly America, you should be at the forefront of dismantling inequality and injustice in this land we share by showing compassion, courage and wisdom.

America, it is time for you to look yourself in the mirror. You are spiritually bankrupt. Your life force is waning like a dying rose. Your fight is not with others but with yourself. You must recognize your role; you’re participating in the perpetuation of your own sufferings.

America, now is the time to look inside yourself and reflect on your behavior and your consumption patterns and to correct your failure to learn from nature. Changing your behavior is something you can and must do. Change starts from the individual, from the heart.

America, you need to awaken to the fact that we are all connected. People are interconnected and interdependent. Ubuntu, an African concept, is the conviction that you are only human in relation to other human beings. That, it is your essence to have a sense of empathy. 

This precious life we all possess needs to be treasured; treasure well-being, treasure our human relationships and treasure Mother Earth. You cannot be happy when other people around you are suffering.

These current crises have shown that inequality is dangerous, it’s life-threatening to both rich and poor, to all races and ethnic groups and to you and me. 

“I believe that peace starts inside you. If you are not at peace, you cannot be a peacemaker. If you are not at peace, you cannot have peace in your home, your community or your country. Peace is not absence of war; it is a state of harmony.” (Dr. Mamphela Ramphele)

Thomas Childress

Cottage City, Maryland