Thursday, January 28, 2021

How the Healing Begins

One of my favorite quotes comes from Madeleine L'Engle: "Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth."

If ever there was a moment when we needed a response to irrationality, it is in trying to figure out how our country can heal from the last four years. That is why the poem Amanda Gorman finalized on the night of the insurrection, "The Hill We Climb," resonated so powerfully for all of us on inauguration day.

 

But even before that, the Biden team was laying the groundwork for healing. On the day he was declared president-elect, they released this video.

 

And finally, as part of the inaugural day celebration, they brought us this view of America.

 

Most pundits will, at best, ignore these moments because they don't address policies or the horserace that has consumed political commentary. But after four years of watching how Donald Trump and his enablers poisoned the atmosphere with their hate and division, perhaps it is time to recalibrate all of that. 

Writing, singing, and dancing are not only the vehicles for healing. They are how we find our way back to the truth about who we are—or perhaps more importantly, who we want to be.

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