I Don’t Get It September 6, 2020
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.” It was a simple statement. Walls divide. They separate. They block paths. This request, as simple as it appears on the face, was anything but in June of 1987. The Berlin Wall had been separating friends, families and communities since August 1961. The purpose was to prevent fascists from entering East Germany and undermining their socialist state but it also kept people from fleeing the East.
Ronald Reagan was making a tactful, yet daring, move. I bring this up because we are in trying times and leadership is falling short of making marks for role-models. Know your neighbor. Say “Hello” to a stranger. Do what you can to make the world a brighter place. Remember, without the darkness, you cannot see the stars. We will get through this if we all work together. That is one of the things I learned from Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.
President Reagan kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk in the Oval Office. His favorite were the black ones.