It is a hard time for the tenderhearted.
So many people have been hurt, continue to be hurt and still a few brave souls step forward. They are used for political purposes, supported by some and vilified by other.
But there are glimmers. The words "civility" and "comity" are being tossed around more and more. Perhaps they will stick one day.
But there is more good news that leans toward civility. The MacArthur "Genius" Fellowships always give me hope. Two people, among the many, caught my eye: Rev. William Barber and violinist Vijay Gupta. Rev. Barber has been at the forefront of the non-violent movement, Moral Mondays, fighting racism and poverty, organizing tens of thousands of people to work toward community.Vijay Gupta, a brilliant violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic who, for eight years, has played for the homeless near Disney Concert Hall.
As an individual and the representative of this tiny little project, I do not care what side of the political divide you call home. What I care about is our shared humanity. I mourn that the divide has unnecessarily become a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon. We need, all of us, to begin to fill that chasm with the tenderness of empathy and the memory of the goodness we actually share.