Oprah used to have this thing about "what I know for sure" (and maybe she still does?). It made my uncomfortable. I never feel that I know much of anything for sure. But certain things do seem clear to me.
And having the news on most of the day for a few days has me convinced that those who think they know for sure are misguided and dangerous.
And I am not just talking about the terrorists and the threat they pose to the world.
I am not a Christian. My personal religious symbol is a question mark. Still, it is clear to me that this is my country too. I was born and raised here, as were my parents. Before that, not so much. I guess there are those, some of whom are running for president of our country, who would say for sure I should pack my bag and leave.
I am not strictly an atheist. I don't believe in an all-powerful God, but I do believe in something, akin to a spirit of Godness in the universe. I guess those who do know for sure would say, "She is totally an atheist!"
I do understand that what I think and feel and experience in life has been shaped my soul's journey. I don't know for sure, but I do believe with all my heart, that we are all here for a reason. And I am hoping with all my heart that that reason is evolution toward peace--the Garden of Eden story in reverse.
Obviously, sadly, we have a long way to go.
Doesn't history demonstrate over and over that to fight hatred and evil with hatred and evil only means that hatred and evil will always win?
So what I know is not very much...but I will continue to treat people with compassion and kindness in the hope that the pool of love and compassion will grow.