One People … One Family

In the home of the brave … In the land of the free,
We are immigrants and pilgrims …. and refugees
From every nation … One family.

“The Home of The Brave”
By Karen Drucker, JD Garrett , & David Roth

About a week ago, we were introduced to the song “The Home of The Brave” and we’ve been listening to it ever since. On Sunday, it was played as part of a gathering we attended — and hearing it with others made it even more profound (not to mention the many tears it evoked).

So it seems fitting to present it here to set the stage for our words that follow (note: the lyrics, should you wish to follow them during the song, are pasted at the end of the blog):

 

What comes up for you as you experience this song — especially today, the 4th of July? Perhaps you’re moved (as we are) by the stories of Guadalupe, Kamal, and the refugees fleeing from war-torn or famine-ridden lands.

And/or, did you feel a deep inner sadness as we did — a sadness about our country and our seeming disconnect from both commonly shared values and even basic human goodness?

Does it seem to you — as it does to us — that we have lost sight of who we are as a society? Is it ever more challenging for you/me/us to maintain a sense of balance and equanimity — let along magnanimity — in the midst of the conflict, chaos, and confusion that is going on around us?

Think about that word “magnanimity”. Webster’s defines it as “the quality of magnanimous: loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and revenge, and to make sacrifices for worthy ends.” Gimme some of that!  Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air?

To us, that seems like a high-class description of the Golden Rule — to love others as we love our selves. Could we call it “Big Love”? We’d like to think so.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find much of that in our world that is so dominated by partisanship and clashing viewpoints. Bipartisanship has fallen by the wayside, being supplanted by bifurcation. It’s as if “America The Beautiful” has been displaced by “Dueling Banjos.”

In this situation, it’s hard for us to get in the mood for hotdogs, apple pie, patriotic music, or even fireworks. Somehow, this song “The Home of The Brave” seems more like The Fourth to us. It takes us back to our essence, reminding us that our roots are all similar and that we need to stand together.

It calls for us to stand up for human dignity and cherish our freedom — by sharing it with others. . When we look at the very Foundation of Our Country — this is what we’re all about. “United we stand. Divided We Fall.” It’s time to transcend our differences and come together as “One People …. One Family”…. Can we hold this wonderful song’s final refrain together — as a reminder that no matter what, in the final analysis, we’re all in this together?

 

“When you come for Guadalupe …. Or Kamal …
When you come for my neighbor …. You come for me.”

Olivia & Steve

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The Home of The Brave
By Karen Drucker, JD Garrett , & David Roth

For the past four years … Guadalupe checked in
To the Phoenix office … of immigration;
Both of her kids …. U.S. born
But everything changed … the day they took her away.

In the home of the brave … In the land of the free,
We are immigrants and pilgrims …. and refugees
From every nation … One family.

When you come for Guadalupe … You come from me ….

For the past two years … Kamal made his rounds,
Interfaith Medical Center, New York City
Went to Sudan ….to visit his mom,
But everything changed – he couldn’t come back … he was stranded

In the home of the brave … In the land of the free,
We are immigrants and pilgrims …. and refugees
From every nation … One family.

When you come for Kamal … You come from me ….

Give me your tired … your poor huddled masses
This is America … Built by dreamers … yearning to be free …

If I had to leave my country … what would I do?
If the way I dress … was a trigger for you?
If I’m not welcome here … where would I go?
Could I sail away …. On an unknown ocean of hope?

In the home of the brave … In the land of the free,
We are immigrants and pilgrims …. and refugees
From every nation … One family,

When you come for Guadalupe …. Or Kamal …
When you come for my neighbor …. You come for me.

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It’s Your Turn! 

“The Home of The Brave” calls our attention to issues related to immigrants and refugees. This is a complex problem but one that is based on very human and humane considerations.  Take a few minutes to connect with your feelings about this.  How might you help in finding solutions that meet the needs of people like those mentioned in the song — as well as for our country and its citizens?

Immigration is far from the only “difficult” issue we face.  Others that come to mind are health care, climate change, voting rights, income & wealth distribution, jobs, etc, etc.  How might we come together to overcome the bifurcation of partisanship to find common ground?  What role might spirituality (independent of religious sectarianism) enable us to address these “problems”?  How to you hold “the truth” (the higher perspective) about them?

If you’re willing, please share your responses in the comment section under this blogpost as it appears on the Big Love Community Facebook page.

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Big Love News:

We’re getting closer to launching Big Love as a live and in-person “community of practice”.  Last week we agreed in principle to co-venture with our friend Rev. Suzette Wehunt at the Om Center For Spiritual Living” in La Mesa.  More details to be revealed…but we’re hoping to be able to offer “live” and “in-person” events within a matter of weeks!  Stay tuned for more info!  In the meantime, we’re thankful for the loving support of Rev Suzette and Om ….

If there are topics you’d like us to address, please send us an email from our “Contact Us” web page.

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