In many ways it would be easier to stay hidden away
Here, there are many who haven't seen my mistakes along the way.
Whatever I present to them is who they believe I am;
They have no history with which to derail my future plans.
While it is quite tempting to start all over again;
The problems from which I run often multiply as they remain.
We are told that our mistakes can live on through four generations;
Is individual restitution what will bring peace to our nation?
I am willing to do my part to bring about community peace;
I believe this requires respect for even the very least.
Each one of us has something important to contribute;
Nothing in our own experience should be treated as absolute.
Even our images of The Almighty have been seen in many guises;
Why are some treated as sacred, and others our family despises?
I love to look for common ground, whether in beliefs or relationships;
Only when we find this will wise words come from our communal lips.