To the Editor:
“Honesty is the best policy” is a proverb championed by our Founding Fathers, who invested their bravery and vision in a noble labor that gave birth to our nation. But now there are forces that threaten the very ideals so fundamental to this great experiment and seek to divide us in our struggle to find common ground.
But honesty doesn’t come easy. It demands that our motivation to speak, to take action, to formulate beliefs is rooted in truth not hate. All objectivity is lost where hate prevails. It closes our minds and souls to rational thinking.
It blinds us to the possibility of compromise, to compassion for the needs of those we see only as adversaries, leaving no path to reconciliation.
If we are to look deep inside the soul of humanity, to weigh good over evil, strength over weakness, sincerity over deceit, how can we reach a rational conclusion if our minds are polluted by hate?
Freedom from hate is a blessing only to those brave enough to embrace it, to be brutally honest, to see others through eyes not clouded by prejudice.
We cannot come together as a nation if we subscribe to a mentality of getting rather than giving, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Those words have greater meaning today than they did when President Kennedy uttered them in his 1960 inaugural address.
To condemn our country for its imperfect history is a folly where only fools believe perfection is achievable.
We live In an imperfect world, We are imperfect in our humanity, and only fools are ready to tear it all down only to find no perfect blocks to build their perfect world.
Too many of us have come, once again, to a place where we see the upcoming election this November as a choice between the lesser of two evils. The question is, will you be able to see where the evil truly lies if the decisions you make and the actions you take are prompted by hate? Be brave. Seek truth.
Mark A. Matenaer