A Knock At Our Door

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As the Coronavirus wave continues to find its way to our country and more specifically to the Valley by the Rio Grande, many are disheartened by the feeling of helplessness and vulnerability.

A KNOCK AT OUR DOOR

By Al Garcia

As the Coronavirus wave continues to find its way to our country and more specifically to the Valley by the Rio Grande, many are disheartened by the feeling of helplessness and vulnerability.  It is a feeling both foreign and unimaginable to residents of the strongest nation on earth, and an emotion usually reserved for people and countries in perpetual crises due to lack of food, lack of medical and health accessibility, and territorial, ethnic and political upheaval and war.

We have become so accustomed and immune to the stories and the hardships of stranded, abandoned and destitute people, suffering and dying around the world.  Defenseless and unaided by their fellow man.  We sent prayers and thoughts, and then turned our heads and closed our hearts to their plight and their pleas, and then changed the channel on our televisions and watched something light and frivolous to erase the images and the sounds of their despair and misery. 

We have been indoctrinated, like other societies around the world, to believe in the differences between peoples, between places and between the hearts and souls that inhabit the earth.  However, we all share the same air, water and earth.  We feel the same raindrops falling on our heads, and hear the same wind that blows across all lands.  We share the same stars in the sky, are warmed by the same sun in the heavens, and one solitary moon lights our way in the darkness of the night.  We grieve and feel the loss of those we loved and lost, and we cherish memories and moments that help us make it through each day.  We see the wonders and the majesty of natures great creations, and are intimidated and imperiled by nature’s fury and rage. And we grow old and tired and weak with the seasons, eventually fading and making way for new hearts and souls to keep the dream alive.  We are alike in every way, except for the color of our skin and the circumstance and coincidence of our birth.

Sometimes it takes an act of God or unexplainable occurrence to expose an unintentional arrogance, conceit or betrayal by the human heart.  For far too long we have competed, fought, struggled and battled each other for supremacy and power over one another.  And now, we are finding out that life is not about domination, control or subjugation.  Life is about sharing, collaborating and uniting into the one community that makes us strong, resilient and masters of our domain – the community of man -- not of nations or of strangers in foreign lands. 

May we consider, at this time, and in this changing and challenging world, that it is time to meet the test of time together, and to stop feeling helpless, vulnerable and weak, not as strangers, but as the family of man, as it was meant to be?  Men of ill will, be they tyrants, despots, bullies or dictators, and rulers of every type, must be put on notice that the world has changed, and so have we.  In the last few months, we have seen and felt the consequence of mistrust, apathy and human arrogance and greed, unlike any in the history of our humanity.  We must stop the race for superiority and power, and embrace the totality human race.

We must want to be able to embrace our empathy and our sympathy for our fellow man when there is a knock at our door.  After all, they are you and me


Submitted: May 24, 2021

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