There are many roads to equality, but all are one-way streets. We can look around us to appreciate where we’ve been, and we can reflect together about the road behind us, but we must keep driving forward on this one-way road to complete equality.
We’ve come a long, long way in a relatively short time in human history. We know this, and we appreciate this singular fact very much, but this is a world of change, and we have come now to expect nothing short of full change whenever it’s needed! We are not the activists of the past, screaming out to be heard by the governments and institutions of the world. They brought us to this seminal point in our history, and passed the torch on to us, so we could finally take us all the way to the finish line.
We are not them, though. We are not screaming out to be heard and recognized. We have been heard, and we have finally begun to be recognized! The microphone is in our hands, and the world is listening! What will we say?
A basketball player spins a basketball in his hand, and keeps it going to entertain his watchers. He can keep going as long as they like. In the same way, our world is changing quickly, and the momentum of this spinning world cannot be stopped as long as we keep it going!
And so we look around, and we look ahead. We talk about the past, we appreciate the past, we heal from the past, but we do not look back. We only look around us, and we keep, keep, keep looking ahead. We cannot stop the momentum. We need to let it keep propelling us all forward, until we have full equality for all.
This is a one-way road now, and yet the destination is still far ahead of us. Equality for some is not equality for all, and when we pause in gratefulness for the place on this road we’ve now found ourselves, we do not stop moving forward. We cannot stop moving forward.
The microphone is in our hands, and the world is listening. What will we say?
We will tell the world we are sick and tired of injustice and hatred in every variety and season. We are sick and tired of this long, long drive down this long, long road, but we keep driving anyway. We keep pressing on anyway. The vehicle of our march to equality is moving forward faster and faster now. The time for absolute change is here, and it is now.
The destination feels so far ahead of us still, and yet we can finally see it there, glimmering in the distance. It’s a promising future we’re still striving toward, but we’re so much closer now. Finally, we’re so much closer now. We’re looking around, and we’re looking ahead. And with each new day, we double our speed and we double our desire.
The microphone is in your hands now. What are you saying?
Sean Patrick Brennan is the author of two novels, available for purchase on Amazon and online bookstores everywhere. Order his newest book, The Papal Visitor, at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495997561. An accomplished writer with a unique background and history that’s hard to match, Sean is also a former monk, Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol deputy, and GLBT activist. His love of spirituality and life in general is evidenced in his passionate writing and thought-provoking essays. Follow Sean’s daily blog at: http://finishingforty.blogspot.com.