Inspiration. Inclusion. Involvement.
In January of 2012, the #Run3rd campaign was started by the actor, Sean Astin. “I run first for myself, second for my family, and third for you.” Astin, an avid runner since childhood, uses this platform to raise money to aid different causes presented to him through Twitter and other avenues.
In the seven years since its creation, the United States – and the world – has gone through many changes, especially since the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
Now, in March 2019, there is a growing movement for change once again. While Trump’s presidency has polarized the nation, and much rhetoric is presented as being against his reelection, there is an underlying concept embodied in a tweet by George Takei:
There is already enough violence, exclusion, and hatred in today’s society, and it is truly time for a change. To paraphrase “Uncle” George’s tweet, it isn’t enough just to stand against something, we must also stand FOR something.
We all have a different background, different heritage, different beliefs, different dreams and goals. No two people are the same, even identical twins will have some underlying difference. But, we all live on the same planet. We exist at the same time, living under the light of the same sun and moon. In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice we hear much the same sentiment in Shylock’s speech in Act III:
…I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
People talk about race as if our heritage and ethnicity make us somehow racially different. It doesn’t; we are all ONE race – the Human Race. Instead of inciting hatred because of other differences, it is time to embrace one another as brother and sister. It matters much less where anyone comes from, but it matters where we all are heading.
We need to stand together. We need to Stand For… as inspired seven years ago by Sean Astin, and so recently by George Takei – and so many others who have initiated inclusive movements such as #MeToo and the various Lives Matter causes.
It is time. What do YOU #Stand4