This quote by Charles Dederich used to hang on the wall of my family room when I was young. I always thought it was cool; my parents were really the ‘cool parents’ when it came down to it. Unfortunately, this made for some tough situations with my friends’ parents who were still stuck in their 2.6 kid attitudes and didn’t understand or appreciate the fact that we didn’t ‘fit into the dots’.
Nowadays, the people my parents were would be considered quaint and old timey, like those people who were stuck in the past of a bygone era. Although we think we have advanced as a species, and in some ways we have, in still more ways we seem to have regressed. Gone are the days of Make Love, Not War! Now it’s Damn the Torpedoes, Full Steam Ahead! After all, who needs torpedoes when you have ICBM’s and WMD’s. No more freedom to experiment with drugs; the drugs they make nowadays are lethal, addictive, and soul sucking. Gone is the era of free sexuality, of finding out who you were and sharing that with those who were like you; that sort of thing can get you killed and, in fact, the brief time in our history where sex couldn’t kill you was only around 50 years or so of the last century!
Some of us have become used to modern times: tattoos, piercings, crazy hair colors, motorcycles, and fast cars are just part of the daily routine. But there are others, our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones, that are SCARED! They only know what they have been taught and it’s too difficult or too foreign for them to wrap their head around a world where each of us is as important as the next, all fitting together in the puzzle to make a beautiful picture. What happens to them and their lifestyle, no matter how opulent or spare, when the traditions of the world are challenged, when the religions of the world are profit-driven, and the role models we look up to are part of a Cult of Personality? They don’t know and they don’t want to!
To them I say, it’s not as scary as you think! Letting us each be in our Truth allows for a myriad of opportunities for growth and change, hope and faith. We don’t want you to lose your identity, your beliefs, your constants. We only want for an opportunity to be as we are, different but open, loving and honoring self and seeking a way to enlighten ourselves and those who reach out to us. No race, no sexual orientation, no nationality, and no religion can take away our right to be exactly as Gods created us and to reach our full potential. Only man can do that!
To all who are on the path to the True Will of the Divine, I embrace you, welcome you, and honor you! To those who would like to be, reach out. We’re here, whether you can readily identify us or not. Not all of us, after all, are a bunch of freaks. Some are doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs and we are ushering in the Age of Aquarius. And to those that are still fighting it, I say I LOVE YOU! Come and join the parade!