JUDY CROCKETT: We are all in this boat together

TO THE EDITOR:

The horrors in Texas unfolding on the news is a reminder that no matter race, creed, sexual affiliation, political affiliation, marital status or economic status, in times of disaster, we are all the same boat. The floods are not dividing the Democrats from the Republicans, the rich from the poor, the whites from the non-whites, the Christians from the Jews.

The same holds true when you see volunteers, heroes, first responders and good Samaritans stepping up to help. The rescuers were not divided by race, religion, color, ethnicity or gender. They were all doing the same work for the same reasons.

As I watch this epic crisis playout, I ask, “Why?” Why is this happening? Why so much suffering? The answer may in part be that it is reminder, no matter who we are, what we believe, or what we earn, we are all in this together. Through times of suffering, we find strength – and we wake up and realize how precious life is, and how close we are all to needing the help and support of our brothers and sisters, our friends, our neighbors and strangers.

On Oct. 1, our Manistee Peace Group will present the film “And Then They Came For Us” at 5 p.m. at the Historic Vogue Theater. A discussion will follow. The film examines the hatred that allowed the internment of U.S. Citizens who were perceived as different. Last fall, I had the honor of meeting a woman who was among the interned – now in her 90s, she is one of the last remaining of those who lived through the internment camps. She and her daughter have chosen Manistee as their part-time home. She will be part of the panel discussion following the film.

When you read hateful language, when you see others being bullied, when you see an injustice: Speak out! Others will take your lead and stand up with you. There is much more good than evil on this earth – the good has risen in Texas. We must work to see the good always rise up in Manistee County as well.

Act with kindness. Act with compassion. Be good to your neighbors – all of them – do not be their judge – do not bring them pain and criticism of things you do not understand. Tomorrow you may be in the same boat.

Hate has no home in Manistee County.

Judy Crockett

Manistee

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