The ruthlessness of fascism has to be met with the ruthlessness of compassion. Compassion has to be as ruthless in the service of the good as fascism is in the service of evil. Fascism has turned compassion against itself by telling people of color, for instance, that they "just have to be patient." Compassion has to call BS instead of meekly turning the other cheek for the 10 billion billionth time. Now is the time for equity across the board, skin color-wise, gender-wise, sexual preference-wise, etc., across all divisions and bases of discrimination and prejudice, culture-wide. Let the fine people on both sides come together in denouncing inequality, misogyny, racial hatred and injustice, religious hatred and injustice, GBLT-ETC hatred and injustice, and all other forms of hatred and injustice-- and declaring themselves to stand for the liberties and justice the Flag stands for every time they stand for the Flag. And let them work together for the good of all people everywhere in the spirit of the one who said, "In as much as you have done it, or not done it, to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done it, or not done it, unto me!" And let there be no concessions extended to those who refuse/fail to live in good faith with one another and all others, who add to the burden of others, torment and malign others, shame, belittle, ridicule, denounce and exclude others from the common rights and services of society, but let that society expect, demand and insist upon kindness and compassion in the relentless service of doing right by one another and living toward the end of the true good of all humanity, now and forever.
We walk two paths at the same time. And, we have to do that consciously, intentionally, deliberately, conscientiously, reliably, relentlessly,knowingly every day. We do that by mindfully separating the two paths, and keeping one eye fixed on the other path, while our other eye is fixed on the path we are on. We have to have something that serves as a decompression chamber as we move from one path to the other. I spend most of my time driving 45 miles an hour taking care of business, running errands, on the secondary roads connecting me to my destinations in rural South Carolina and urban Charlotte, North Carolina. When life calls me and my wife onto the interstate highways, I have to consciously "put on my Interstate Driver Face" as I accelerate down the ramp into another world. We move between worlds on a regular basis, and change "faces" all the time. We have to do that with full awareness of what we are doing and undoing, ramping up and slowing down as is appropriate to the occasion. Coming down from, or out of, the fast-paced word into the slow-paced world, requires its own decompression time, as we move ourselves back in to being able to breathe slowly and deeply, relaxing and restoring our connection with the peace of balance and harmony. It is a physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual adjustment from one world to the other, and without taking the time to detach from one and attach to the other, we live at a pace out of sync with our surroundings. And that makes for disharmony and imbalance. We have to be where we are in ways that are fitting and proper to our curcumstances on all levels of our existence all of the time by consciously making the transition every time it needs to be made.