Friday, October 29, 2010

Lauren Valle's Heroic Letter

If you're in the mood for good news, you'll enjoy the letter from Lauren Valle, the girl who got stomped by Ron Paul supporters, to one of the criminals who was demanding an apology from her.

(Pause for a moment to consider what your response would be to such a demand; I know that mine would have been nothing like the following:)
"Mr. Profitt, You have asked that I apologize to you. Perhaps this is not the apology that you are looking for, but I do have some things to say.
I have been called a progressive, a liberal, a professional agitator. You have been called a conservative, a Republican, a member of the Tea Party movement.

Fundamentally and most importantly, you and I are both human beings. We are also both American citizens. These two facts, to me, are far more meaningful than the multitude of labels that we carry. And if these two facts are true then it means we are on the same team.

I have not been for one moment angry with you and your actions. Instead I feel thoroughly devastated. It is evident that your physical assault on me is symptomatic of the crisis that this country is struggling through. And it seems that I will heal from my injuries long before this country can work through our separation.

Only when we decide let go of our hate, our violence and our aggression will we be able to communicate to each other about the issues that divide us. Right now, we are not communicating, we are stomping on each other. No one can ever win, no one can ever be heard, with violence.

You and I, as fellow citizens, and we, as a country, have a choice. Either we choose to continue the cycle of inflicting violence upon each other, screaming at each other, insulting each other and putting one another down or we and find a way to sit down and start listening to each other. We'll see how far we get.

We are all viciously and vociferously feeding a fire that will only burn us down together. We must reach inside ourselves and make space for each other. We must forgive each other. We must believe in our capacity for transformation. The moment we choose compassion and reconciliation is the moment that we will begin to move toward freedom. There is no other way.

I believe that you should be held accountable for your actions but I also recognize the incredibly negative impact that the consequences must be having on your life, and I wish you all the best as you yourself heal from this.

Violence hurts everyone."

Source: Huffington Post.
This letter makes me proud to be an American (although somewhat humbled for not having such greatness of spirit. There's always room to improve!)


Anonymous said...

It is only when we stop attempting to ridicule those who seek higher office by giving them fake employee of the month awards and instead engage in constructive sincere dialogue that we can ever move forward.


rewinn said...

@Anonymous: Why do you say that?

Rand Paul has had many opportunities for "constructive sincere dialogue" but like most Tea Party candidates, he ducks the press and appears almost exclusively in highly controlled situations where he is not inconvenienced by questions like, "Is the Civil Rights Act wrong?"

If you're saying that candidates for public office should engage in constructive, sincere dialogue with the people, I totally agree; but is it not silly to require this of everyone except the candidates?

rewinn said...

P.S. thank you anonymous for replying, but why not identify yourself?

Be PROUD of your thoughts, and OWN them!

And while you're at it, can you not show at least a TINY BIT of admiration for Lauren Valle's compassionate response to the man who attacked her?