My friend Brad Newsham (links to his facebook page) feels strongly enough about his political stands that by himself he has gathered as many as 5,000 people to form words like "Resist" on beaches in California on multiple occasions. The parks departments at first didn't know what to do with him and were not sure they should give him a permit. Now when they see him coming they know the drill. It's the First Amendment. This last weekend he helped 1,100 people form a giant heart on a beach in response to news about groups at the other end of the political divide advocating the opposite of that elsewhere.
But Take a Knee
But there is a thing that he does quietly on his own everyday that I like a lot. The alarm in his phone is set to go off at noon everyday to remind him, wherever he is, no matter what is going on, to stop for a moment and "take a knee." When he has more time to talk about it, I want to get more of his articulation about it to post here, but I think you can understand what a humble, non-confrontational, resetting of perspective that can be midst the cacophony of our hyper-wired world, to stop, even if driving a car, get out and actually put one knee on the ground, close your eyes and bow your head. Sometimes it is for 15 or 20 seconds. Other times it only is for a couple of seconds. He says, "It breaks whatever you've got going on."
Perspective, resetting, and quiet for a moment in the middle of everyday might help on both sides of the divide.
War is in headlines. Read the footnotes.