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No One Heals Alone

All is quiet
as I exit through the Emergency Entrance
at the local hospital.

I notice a black T-shirt
with a pink ribbon logo
announcing in bold green script
“No one fights alone”

Due to context
I’m guessing we’re talking about fighting cancer;
harm taking us away
from health care giving and receiving
we would all prefer
while walking out of,
rather than lying in,
any Emergency Entrance.

But, I am a theologian
by training
and practical parenting experience,
so I’m thinking,
Why do we not also wear T-shirts
reminding each other
“No one loves alone”

Or even
“No one loves to fight alone”
or even just among ourselves,
within our own households
and habitats.

I ponder my way back to humble Yaris,
with automatic electronic nothing,
and on the radio I hear clusters of fighting themes:
mental illness
domestic violence
gun violence
automated weaponry
military fear and threat stress-testing, enduring, stretching, growing
hazing as baptism through alcohol
depression and repression and suppression
acclimation to chronic climates of terror
and quiet climates of ever more dissonance
lack of healing sleep
anger management
fear mismanagement
mutual assured destruction (MADness)
diplomacy by threat and RightWing arms sales
military industries
applied increasingly to personal and domestic disarray,
local terrors,
households
and habitats
going up in flames
flowing under floods…

No one fights alone
just as no one loves peace alone,
and health
and ecological wealth
and ego-resilience
and eco-systemic balance,
harmony,
synergy.

No one can sustain love
while violently fighting
just as no one can sustain this fight
for climates
and cultures
and ecologies
and theologies of health
by thinking we are
admirable
or somehow credible
or even possible
to sort through
and choose Love alone.

As I exit my car,
now home,
I think
My T-shirt would probably be too wordy,

No one loves to fight disease
and unease
alone.

Especially not God
or Allah
or Patriotic Loyalty to Earth
or wherever we find our
remember to Love messages.

All is quiet
as I enter our home.
I must be,
for this moment,
alone.

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