I can work with the noise. Eighteen plus years ago I underwent a life-altering event: the Graduate was born. Besides all that bringing one into the world entails, this specific one consisted of a series of events all its own. The short of it is that I can handle the commotion. We liked it so much that against all the advice we followed up with two more. They decided that their journey would include a joyful noise. Thanks to their music teacher, Ron Recker, each had their parents’ best interest at heart and brought instruments home. In the beginning, it was a dubious clamor. We have since survived and are now treated to too few performances.
I am questioning how long I will tolerate this present noise. It is getting louder and uglier as this COVID scenario plays out. We learned early on how to play together in the sandbox. Too bad the lessons were forgotten in our adulthood. Be kind. Is it too much to ask? If we are kind to each other we will certainly avoid the harsh reality of finding out the hard way that there will always be someone bigger and meaner than we are. Happiness can be achieved by playing well together.
And unfortunately, that solution is just too simple. There is also the fact that there will always be someone smarter and wiser than you. Contrary to popular belief, I do from time to time take suggestions from most of the population that is wiser than me. One such is D. Todd Christofferson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I sustain him as an Apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. You can find a recent speech he delivered at https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/d-todd-christofferson/religious-freedom-cherished-heritage-defend/. He talks of things that most of us have forgotten. This country’s foundation is religious. Part of his message includes suggestions on what we can do in the midst of all this noise. I will be echoing them here.
He explains that it is time that we get involved and says that we should begin by becoming informed. Re-acquaint ourselves with the founding principles of our county and the Constitution and teach this to our family. Christofferson states that it is time to speak out. Remember courage and civility when doing so. Our society needs you. Therefore, start participating in the cultural and civic associations around you and your voice. Becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce might not be a bad idea. We should contribute to our political party. Not with our cash but with our time. Get to know our representatives. My opinion is if they can’t bother with us then we need not bother with them. Elect those that care for us and have our interests at heart. Go vote! Your action will get attention and include you in the conversation.
Religion has been and is far too important for the continued health of our nation. Today’s noise is trying to convince us otherwise. It is deafening and rude. Be kind and still. A difference starts with one person. ■