Today in mass, during the sermon my priest said that personality differences in people should not be used to alienate, but rather unite. He said that these differences help to create a strong society. I always feel God speaking to me whenever I hear messages like this.
It made me think of that song “Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood” from Sesame Street. The lyrics goes through the different types of people that make up society. The song shows all these people living happily together and helping one another through life.
I think that it takes all kinds of people to make a society. These differences in us, help to make life interesting. We can learn from one another and help one another out with our different life experiences.
One of the reasons I feel I have stayed in the closet is because I feel that outing myself would suddenly change the way that other people feel about me, how they view my accomplishments and basically their views of me as a person. I feel like I have contributed in a positive manner, but that suddenly this might be downplayed if were to admit out loud that I am a gay man. And being gay shouldn’t matter. It is a characteristic that is an inherent part of my genetic make-up, a part of me as a person. It isn’t something that any of us chose. It should be something that we should be proud of…something that we should be able to share.
Hopefully someday others will be able to see that we are part of the people in the neighborhood.
(This was better worded in my head on the way home from mass).