To the editor:

My name is Rosie. I live on a rock. An enormous rock, called Earth. This rock is in constant motion (revolving in its own path, while moving around the sun, continuously in motion with several other rocks we call planets). We are all moving, never still. Maybe that’s why we’re so ‘shook up,’ we are always confused in our minds, souls and hearts — all that motion.

My particular rock is filled with creatures called human beings. We don’t know very much about those other rocks I mentioned. My rock has been around for at least thousands of years. You’d think we would have learned a lot about ourselves in all that time but it seems we haven’t.

We, Earth people, have been making the same mistakes over and over. We are still making them right now in 2020.

Right now our rock is fighting for its life against an enemy called a pandemic, that is trying to kill us, all of us Earth people. These enemies are so small that we can’t even see them. WE have to use a thing called a microscope.

We are enormous compared to them. You would think a bully that small would be easy to defeat. It makes you wonder why we are so helpless. You would think we’d just get together and stop these little guys.

Our Earth leaders are telling us money is the answer. I don’t understand how that could be true. We can’t even get along with each other. How can we work together against the pandemic. We Earth people are all divided up into continents, and countries, and provides, and states, cities, villages and more and more division. We speak different languages, we have different colors of skin and textures of hair. We believe in all kinds of different ideas. Some things like eye color and hair color never seem to matter but things like slavery have made color matter a lot. I don’t understand — some differences matter and some don’t. Why?

And our leaders are telling us more money will make things better. But for centuries money and who has it and who doesn’t has only made things worse. That hasn’t changed at all? So why do our leaders keep saying that?

Right now, 2020, we’re further apart than ever — more angry at each other, not a human Earth family at all. We still look a lot alike, but we’re more and more divided. I asked my mother about this last night and you know what she said? She said, “Rosie, I and your dad and your sisters and brothers look like a family, but when we treat each other unfairly we forget that and we only see the differences, not the family resemblances and remember the unfairness, the injustice and pain blinds us.”

She didn’t mention money helping us — just blindness and a family resemblance. I think my mom is right.

Rosemary Graham

92 year old child

Athens

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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