Pop Culture, Equality and Emerging Voices
This is a very, very important month. We celebrate civil rights with the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and the importance of his work as a peaceful and powerful leader of equality.
We stand in solidarity with women as marches around the world unite us in demonstration of the inclusive society we are meant to be.
And we are coming out this year in many ways to celebrate the evolution of 1969 into 2019. The fifty year flight of Woodstock — the music, creative expression, and human rights that I consider to be a generation of love and peace and freedom.
2019 and Beyond
In 2019, we are asked by all these important celebrations to open our social and political conversations wider than they’ve been before. To allow ourselves to slow down enough, perhaps — to hear the quieter gentle voices that will make up our collective future.
A new dawn’s emerging with new leaders asking us to do new things. Our biggest challenge will be to listen among an increasing wall of distractions.
Listening and leaning deeper into our vulnerability, into our hearts — that might we take to heart, the complications of our choices and decisions.
There are new voices among us.
Their light is taking our fifty plus years of experiences to new heights. They are ablaze with newly regenerated hope. Ablaze to an end of separation and hatred and greed — and a welcome of inclusion and peace and compassion.
The Importance of…
Important creative works from filmmakers like Ava DuVernay and Julian Schnabel have and continue to deliver profound impact. So many artists, musicians, film makers, poets, architects, and creatives are bringing their lives to us. And bringing the lives of those that impacted ours, alive — so we might understand our own a little better.
This is our calling, our career, our lifework, our vocation, our gig — to build a better world, to expand life to include everything. Isn’t it?
So, from this journal I pray — may we, as quarterbacks of compassion, deliver the good in our hearts straight to the end zone — impassioning and empowering frequently along our way.
Namaste — R.S.
About The Artist
Richard’s calling card reads “Include, Choose Love over Fear, Follow your Dreams, Build a Better World, Be kind and Gentle, Expand Life to Include Everything! Inspire Global Thinking!”
A social artist, author, thinker, Richard is also an online writer for The Power of the Heart + Thrive Global — the bulk of his work can be found on his website yesrising.com!
Richard is an advocate of Love + Inclusive thinking, partner of John, lover of sandy beaches, and addicted to 90% dark chocolate—with a bucket list that includes going to the Azores to feel his grandparents land.
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