I was raised in a family that watched the evening news every night. That’s how we rolled in the 1970s and 1980s. I was fortunate to be able to ask questions, to seek answers, and I was encouraged to form my own opinions. This environment was the foundation for my vocation.
I am a political science major turned law school graduate married to another political science major turned law school graduate. Our schooling trained us to examine facts and consider multiple points of view, and to be able to engage in civil discussions of them. Years later, I still enjoy learning more about issues and trying to understand different points of view, and discussing them.
It suffices to say, I have political opinions. I just won’t be discussing them here.
Some may think that is playing it safe because I don’t want to alienate people on either side of an issue. I see it as playing it kind. I am writing this the day the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson. Some of you are rejoicing in the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Some of you are devastated by the decision and are equal parts angry and scared.
Emotions are high – they always have been on the abortion issue – and right now, they are raw. I would be fooling myself if I felt the Dobbs decision would quell rather than worsen the already deep divide in our country on this issue. I am a realist but also an optimist in my belief that how we treat others creates a lasting impact. Rather than judge or disparage one another, instead let’s treat each other with grace and with kindness. To paraphrase the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, let’s disagree without being disagreeable.
Kindness, grace, and peace to you all.