It struck me today how quickly we run through the beginning of our constitution as we read “we the people… “
To me, it is an all inclusive phrase, every person is included in “we”. Yet at the time it was written, and persisting still to this day, the all-inclusive “we” I hear is not always heard and quite candidly was not intended by most if not all of the founders.
I heard a great quote today from a friend. She said “words can be redeemed.” I would like to offer that we redeem the words “we the people” by saying what we mean by “we the people” in the US in 2020. The we is much more than what Jefferson, Adams and even Franklin intended. They continue to invite us to grow beyond, to inspire to be better. Perhaps Jefferson might lament about the good ole days but Adams and Franklin certainly would not… we don’t know.
We do know that each of us has been endowed by our creator. And Paul, Jesus and Abraham each point to the Divine within each of us. Paul outright says “don’t you know that you are the temple of the Spirit?” Yes, within each of us is hidden the Presence, the Love, the Light of the most Holy.
And so today let me implore you to help make the “we” aspirational again. That’s what the founders intended, aspirational ideas to form a more perfect union.
Let’s redeem “We the people” so that no one ever has to wonder again if they’re included as one of the “we”.