I stand up, place my hand over my heart and recite the pledge of allegiance. It’s what you do in the United States of America. We stand up, BUT WHY? We place our hands over our heart, BUT WHY? We recite words, BUT WHY?
This question has been burning inside of me sense the march on Saturday. It has created flood of emotions and thoughts. Most of all it has made me question. Made me examine by beliefs and the beliefs of others.
Why do we stand up?
Because that is what we were taught in kindergarten?
The main reason that the pledge of allegiance is said in schools is to instill a sense of patriotism amongst students.
“To instill a sense of patriotism.” Interesting.
My guess is out of respect, to join together, and focus on the act. I don’t really know. I have been a sheep, following the herd.
PLACE HAND OVER HEART
Why do we place our right hand over our heart?
Because that is what we were told?
Americans place their hands over their hearts during the national anthem because it is the customary salute to the flag and anthem suggested by the country’s flag code.
“Because it is the customary salute.” Interesting.
My guess is to represent love and respect for our country.
RECITE THE WORDS
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Or some such version.
What is my allegiance? Right now it is in question. I don’t know. I don’t know if I ever knew, even all the times I have recited these words.
United States of America? Really, united? How?
And, to the Republic for which is stands. What does that mean?
One Nation under God. Who’s God?
Indivisible – with liberty and justice for all. Who’s definition of liberty and justice? Really, for all?
HAND OVER HEART OR OVER WALLET
I don’t know about you and don’t want to make assumptions – all I can do is share what’s on my mind and in my heart.
It feels as if our hands have slipped into our pocket to cover our wallets. We have drifted away from honoring our heart to making decision and taking action based on what’s best for our wallet.
I know I can tell you about decisions I have made based on my wallet over my heart.
I am examining each and every one.
While I marched and continue to take political action, I have come back to what I have always known. It starts with me. Me being the change I see in the world.
I challenge you to question why you are standing up and for what? Where your hand is placed – over your heart or wallet? And, what do the words mean to you and how do they guide your actions?
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and ideas.