Right now KoKo the domestic shorthair and Jean Claude the black Bombay are at my house. They want to be rubbed and petted. Sometimes KoKo constantly. Humans are like that as well. Oprah, the mega mega media mogul and interviewer was asked what was common among the throngs of famous folks she interviewed “They all, after the interview she replied,”wanted to know if they did all right. ” From Mother Theresa to President Obama, we all need know if we are “ok” and if we did “ok.” The need for validation is something we all share. Certain political figures and entertainers need it more than most but make no mistake – we all want it in some form. The applause ,the polling numbers , the Tony the Oscar, the Gold Medal- the job, the second date, the hello or the smile. We all seek the pat on the head, the OK that we are ok. Actor George Saunders character in the the 1951 Classic, ” All About Eve” said “We are all born equipped with little horns – to announce our presence.” As humans we want to know we are valued, admired. Hatred in its shallow and most visceral form invalidates us with messages that we are somehow not ok whether if it’s because of the color of our skin or who we worship or who we love.
Recent events worldwide show us we must go back to the Source. Hate invalidates us all – God loves us all the same.