This weekend was a whirlwind of activity, more than I had planned and more than I expected. Now, here I am looking at another Monday and ready to start the new week with a fresh perspective. And that perspective is love.

I’ve really been thinking a lot lately about how people react to different situations and types of people and it really bothers me. The way that people talk about issues from only one perspective. Most recently, my news feed on facebook has been either all cops are saints and all criminals are thugs or, on the opposite side of that, all cops are bad and wrong. I know that both of these stances are wrong. One person that I admire more than almost anyone else in the world is my Uncle Jason. He has proven to me time and time again what good people do, and when I think about what a good and moral cop looks like, I see him. At the same time, I’ve seen our justice system fail people. I’ve seen bad people get off and good people found guilty. Maybe one of our struggles as a people is that we try to fit everyone who looks the same into one category, and as a category defying woman myself, I just don’t believe that this is the best way to react in life.

I’ve decided that that is the very reason why America can’t get it right. We’re too busy looking at the same issue from opposite sides of the fence and refusing to go to the other side just to make sure that we’re right. I found this image on facebook, and for some reason it has really spoken to me:

 

It’s all about looking at the whole issue. It’s all about avoiding superlatives because superlatives only further alienate individuals. It’s about loving each other.

That’s my religion, that’s my voice, hopefully for many years to come. I want to react in love, show love, and if I’m doing that, then it will be easier for me to see the world from different perspectives.

*Shameless pitch about the power of reading*

Which is exactly why we have to read books. I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am today if I hadn’t read books, if I hadn’t been able to live a thousand lives. I’ve been a French trained Indian chef who lost his mother, I’ve been the boy who lived, I’ve been the daughter of a man who accidentally read people into books and had the voice of an angel. I’ve been a Southern daughter fighting my past, a boy genius trying to take something that doesn’t belong to me, a boy on a quest to save the Great Tree of Avalon. I’ve been each of four siblings in Narnia, seeing what it is like to be each of those ages, a girl watching as her father fights racism in her town, and a girl who has to learn that she can make mistakes when judging others.

Because of books, I have been so many things that is easier for me to see the world from different perspectives. So, as Banned Books Week is upon us, I challenge you to 1.) Look at the world from a perspective other than your own, you never know what you might find, 2.) Pick up a Banned Book and be someone you’ve never been before! and 3.) Always react in love.

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