At the Peace rally yesterday, I was interviewed by an AP reporter and felt inarticulate when she asked why I was there at the protest. I don't know if she used me in her article. I haven't seen it anywhere. I said something about the combination of Guahan Independence and Prutehi Litekyan with the North Korea situation was appropriate, that the military plans to use Litekyan (Ritidian) for a firing range is wrong. The Independence movement calls us to question the US control of our island and our inability to have a say in the protection of our sacred places. I didn't say that in the interview, but I meant that. She also asked me if I was indigenous. No, I am not. But it doesn't mean that I can't support what is right and protest what is wrong.
Currently, I am fortunate to be able to pursue interests that speak to me, that move me to action, which includes my desire to travel. I have a creative impulse. I want the thoughts in my mind to manifest in form of some kind. I believe that thoughts can be gifts and that one must discern and honor those gifts. Art is taking these raw materials - inspiration, ideas, thoughts - and shaping them in a form that communicates to others.
The young woman, Heather Heyer, who was murdered at Charlottesville showing up to stand up against the racist demonstrations there, posted on Facebook right before she was killed. She said: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." I hope her murder will be not just senseless but can be transformed into a moment of truth to many. I conclude with this current event because it made me wonder, if something happened to me, what would my last lucid words be?
Maybe these words that I said to a friend who started talking about the "end times." There are more good people than bad in the world. We have to be the good.
And also: Thank you to all my friends and family who have shared the walk with me, the walk to do good and be good in the world, in some shape and form. Keep up the good work. Let Love be your guide.