I have never seriously commented before, generally reading others responses and trying on the various perspectives, both of those featured in the photos, as well as that of the commenters. Today, with the photo of a man who left his violent homeland on the Ivory Coast, seeking a better life here, I wrote the following:
Ann Ramer: I think that we do not understand what political stability offers us. Political stability allows us the luxury of griping about our government, rather than fleeing it. We are blessed here.
Ryan Pulito: Political stability? You mean when one group has a monopoly on the use of lethal force?
Ann Ramer: I mean when we have orderly elections that result in the peaceful exchange of that "monopoly on the use of lethal force" In other countries, this is not consistently accomplished. And there are enumerable blessings that come with this fact within our country. I acknowledge that many things are not perfect. But, without this basic foundation, so much else becomes impossible, things we take for granted, enough to even complain about the imperfections.
But we have the opportunity to do something about it, which, as I recognize, is its own blessing.