|Children at Madison, Wisconsin's Western Hills Park left a|
message for the nation under assault from Donald Trump
Joggers and passersby are treated to the pleasant hum of screams that only children can voice in range and casual oneness with their world.
In the nation meanwhile, a white supremacist movement led by a pathological president is directing a public-private engine of hate against the press, intellectuals, cities, the University, non-aligned civil servants, artists, many classes of people deemed decadent and dangerous, and even the sacred covenant of family.
The wolves of hate are loosed.
Cultivating military-clad municipal police, a collection of creepy billionaires and white supremacists the nation-over, Trump has discovered yelling 'fire' in an enclosed space causes chaos, as the smirking, strutting lunatic inflicts panic and trauma.
What to do?
Some children at Western Hills Park have a plan — fundamental and simple: Love, welcome and hope.
It's a simple message written in chalk by children on a walk-way through the middle of the park.
The young are always available to lead, if we are wise enough to listen their counsel.
As Robert F. Kennedy spoke in Capetown, South Africa on June 6, 1966:
Our answer is the world's hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.Two years after the Capetown address, on June 6, 1968, RFK was assassinated at the age of 42.
Today, the extent to which we embrace progress and courage over timidity is our republic's margin for survival and indeed that of humanity's place in the biosphere on our planet.