Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

For those who may be interested:

Here is a map showing how the individual counties in all 50 states voted. Unfortunately, there's no key, so I don't know what the grey means (Nader? Undecided? Still too close to call?).

I thought it was interesting that the blue, Kerry-voting counties in South Dakota are all--to the best of my knowledge--on Indian reservations (with the exception of the little blue spot in the lower right corner, which is Clay County--where the University of South Dakota is located).

At first I didn't understand why that struck me as being so significant. It was only after looking at the Sorry Everbody site and reading what somebody said about the global village. It was then I remembered the phrase "Mitakuye Oyasin," which is a Lakota phrase that means "all my relations." Traditionally, the Lakota believe that all people are related and all creation is interconnected.

Bush and his supporters want to draw distinctions among people because it makes them feel important and powerful to decide who is with us and who is against us, who is worthy of marriage and who is not, who we want to be our friends and who we brand as our enemies.

But for myself...I will work for inclusion over isolation, acceptance over discrimination. And I will remember Mitakuye Oyasin, which is more than a meaningful phrase; it is a prayer.
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