The following was copied from a Unitarian Universalist bulletin.  It expresses a concept that is often either denied, forgotten or never realized.  In today’s political divide over immigration it seems important to realize that many of those we will never know who helped enhance our lives are and were immigrants who took jobs beneath their ability in order to enjoy life here.  Some slaves, and the children of slaves, built buildings and roads and created works of art for which they got no credit. Almost all of us in the U.S. and Canada are these people or their heirs.

We Build on Foundations We Did Not Lay

We build on foundations we did not lay

We warm ourselves by fires we did not light

We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant

We drink from wells we did not dig

We profit from persons we did not know

This is as it should be.

Together we are more than any
one person could be.

Together we can build across the generations.

Together we can renew our hope and faith
in the life that is yet to unfold.

Together we can heed the call to
a ministry of care and justice.

We are ever bound in community.

May it always be so.

Rev. Peter Raible (1930-2004)
UU Minister, Seattle, WA

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Comment by Ron Powell on April 19, 2019 at 8:38am

The people who taught us how to read and write were able to do so because of what they learned from people who we'll never know....

One of the problems with the people who comprise Trump's base is they have absolutely no historical perspective, or societal context,  for anything....

Comment by koshersalaami on April 19, 2019 at 9:07am

I once addressed this in a post. Actually, because I reposted it, more than once

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=6524927%3ABlogPost%3...

Comment by moki ikom on April 19, 2019 at 11:20am

Good post and with Kosh's excellent link furthering the thoughts.

I have to disagree with Ron's observation of Trump's base, " the people who comprise Trump's base... have absolutely no historical perspective, or societal context,  for anything ".  Trump's base absolutely does have an historical perspective that is morbidly convoluted because it's factually flawed and fatally myopic.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 19, 2019 at 1:10pm

@Moki, "...historical perspective that is morbidly convoluted because it's factually flawed and fatally myopic..."

This is not historical perspective. It's mythology....

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 19, 2019 at 1:48pm

For many of Trump's base history began and ended with the "Founders".  Nothing worth mentioning happened after those men were visited by an angel and given the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 

Historical perspective does not include the fact that they as well as we were immigrants, or that we all benefit from those who came before.  Myopia is a good description, Moki.  Everything is blurry past the end of their noses.

Comment by Valerie Lynn Stephens on April 19, 2019 at 1:51pm

Well-said, Rodney.

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 19, 2019 at 6:45pm

Rosigami, most trends in society seem to follow a pendulum swinging from one extreme to another.  You made the comment that you think the momentum has farther to take us.  I agree, but wonder what you use to make this comment.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 19, 2019 at 8:32pm

I think Rosi’s right. I also think these fools don’t get what they’re doing to the pendulum. When it swings back, it will be more violently than they think. AOC will not look fringe, she’ll look sensible in comparison to these guys. They will cause a generation’s disillusionment with capitalism as it currently stands. And they will also end up with a Democratic Congress and administration that now looks at the Nuclear Option in Congress as Standard Operating Procedure because Mitch McConnell made it that way. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 19, 2019 at 10:47pm

 "I also think these fools don’t get what they’re doing to the pendulum"

kosh, I don't think that they think of societal trends at all.  They just think that their way of thinking is right and we are all deluded on the left.  In their perfect world there would be no left.

Comment by J.P. Hart on April 20, 2019 at 8:09am

I don't know if I should do 1,000 lbs. of laundry or roll cigarettes and work my rock opera

. Generally at this stage of the election cycle the left gnaws its leg rather a 'freeing up' from the real or imagined trap of commerce, tranquility, mechanized tyranny, a sL0;}/mo angst riddled aberration of romanticized rag in clear bottle stuffing, solitary 'hot-shots' of legendary heroes, those martyrs in a vile, shoeless running on broken glass, shoulder rolls. Leaps over yellow tape fracturing cheeks gravel-rashed, straight-arm lobs return tosses of tear-gas canisters, typing reams of non-starters irrelevant preponderance to onerous inheritance tax, reparations, passionate blood-dripped work why not to work, a heartfelt rebellion aghast paternal-maternal carrot-stick discipline, commonwheel.

And Sargent Pepper grabs his hat.
Cosmic Good Friday Moon rose golden glows ripples chimes water.
Elsewhere that dove hovers.

...as inspired by St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591 :}...

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