Something in the Air Tonight

“I can’t breathe”

A call of desperation that has become an expression of anguish. A call of sadness that has become an expression of despair. A call of anger that has become an expression of rage.

We are in a pandemic that disproportionately impacts communities of color, and ravages the respiratory system. We are teetering on a politicized culture war about wearing masks (to protect our fellow humanity from our potentially toxic breath). We have witnessed a white police officer horrifically murder a black man by crushing his airway, effectively eliminating his ability to BREATHE.


Frightening deaths. Social isolation. Economic panic. Relentless dehumanizing. Malignant prejudice. Explosive hatred.


We are indeed SUFFOCATING.

And when you can’t catch your breath, you gasp. You writhe. You flail. You’ll do whatever you can to survive, sometimes at the expense of reason or rationality.

WE are gasping, writhing, flailing right now. We are just trying to survive any way we can. That doesn't mean condoning deception, denial or destruction, but we MUST understand where our gasping comes from if we are going to get our sh*t together. If we are going to calm our panic, to eliminate our hopelessness, and to cease our flailing.

We must envision — and consciously intend — that every single member of the human race is able to draw nourishing, revitalizing oxygen; to live in creative, soaring freedom; and to cultivate deep, abiding peace.


We MUST devote our lives to HELPING EACH OTHER to do every one of these things, without exception. Only then will all people -- and the very Earth herself -- be able to proclaim, with strength, solidarity and Spirit:

EVERYONE CAN BREATHE.

EVERYONE CAN BREATHE.

EVERYONE CAN BREATHE.

EACH AND EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THIS PLANET CAN DRAW NOURISHING BREATH, ,DISCOVER OUR PURPOSE, AND LIVE OUR DESTINY.



I CAN BREATHE.


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