I have a guilty pleasure. I get two actually. One is to look at Missed Connections in Craigslist just cause it’s funny (and ahdunno maybe that beautiful wahine I saw earlier in the day or week posts about me). Two is go into the Rants and Raves section. I think I goin’ stick wit One and say Aloha to two cause it’s more or less ridiculous, raving rant woteva it is.
It’s cool when an event goes down and you get some thoughtful posts, like the different views on the SuperFerry or the coming election. Sometimes get real funny pictures like President Bush offering Dog Chapman a beer to console him recently. Granted, that’s probably not the most tasteful of photos but it was funny that someone would put those two together.
For the most part though, I find that I am not getting any more intelligent reading the posts. In Hawaii Craigslist Rants and Raves in particular, it’s mostly just: “I hate Haoles, Hawaiians are stupid, no the Haoles are the ones, no you both are, no mine is bigger than yours, no I’m both so what does that mean and I have the biggest one.”
Now, if you’ve read any of my other commentaries, you might be able to grasp why this is of any consequence at all to me. In fact, I’m just tired of it. I pledge my life breath to seeing this racist bullshit ended here in Hawaii because that wasn’t what it was about back in the day and if you talk to any real down people, that’s not what it ever was supposed to be now, then, any kine at all, period.
If you look at this earth, we are all in it, on it: TOGETHER. Nainoa Thompson put it best when he compared this world to being like an island in the universe. What one says, does, believes is certainly going to impact the other, multiple others. Let’s erase this pattern and cycle of hatred bumbye it just perpetuates.
Think about this, the Hawaii “State” motto is “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono” which means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”
Of the Land…
What is our land going to be if we continue to hate and not accept? We can never erase the wrongs of the past, but can’t we strive to heal enough to perpetuate a healthier tomorrow for our future brothers and sisters, our keiki? Wouldn’t we want the future not to have to experience what wen hurt us growing up?
I’m not here to preach or profess because Akua knows I’ve lived far from a righteous life at times. But I’m striving to be better as are most people I would venture to say. I’d journey further to say that at some level, we’d all like to leave this world knowing we made it a little better than when we got here.
So what are we going to do? We could continue on with ignorance, let past hatred and wrong continue to perpetuate. Basically, living in the darkness. We’ve seen what that does…
We can work to put aside our differences, our insecurities, our pain. We can love. We can be that light. And change will happen. Maybe they’ll call me a prophet some day with my “extreme idealism” as some people like to say. I just say it’s time we live in righteousness and love. Dat guy who was hea 2,000 years ago told us to be lidat already. I think we are ready.