As individuals, as parents, as children, as representatives of organizations, as civic entities, as a society, and even as a nation, we get moments of spiritual ascension, which allow us to rise above the cause-effect, animalistic urges and motivations. These moments give us a glimpse onto a larger plateau beyond the mere incantation of religious doctrine or selective scriptural interpretations.
The task is to enrich ourselves, and those around us, with the significant choices at these moments, rather than devolving into denial or deferral.
While I have no references for the negative consequences of the 1979 debacle in Greensboro, I submit that our response to it now, allows us to create a significantly positive example for individual and civic flight of ethics and humility. Rather than any emphasis on countering any nasty whispers about our community, this moment lets us post Greensboro, for our own internal voices, our children and the nation at large, as a positive example of doing it right. The “it” happens at many places, and such incidents will continue to confront our moral and ethical choices at many a venue.
Rather than quietly avoid any reference to historical Greensboro or try to do a Chinese filter of such past incidents, this present moment and our civic and group responses allows for Greensboro to be presented as a gorgeous example within the vernacular.
I am proud of the conscious efforts that permeate within our armed forces where incidents, which can easily be rationalized within the extremities of war, are confronted (and processed) for self-cleansing and for maintaining the virtues and ethics of the warriors.
I do hope that we, in the Greensboro area, will tether ourselves to such a creed.