Element: Wood 
Sacred Plant: cannabis
Offering: Blood, Sweat, Tears
Call: Shouting
Quote: "I don't think of myself as a poor, depraved ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew she was responsible for herself - and I had to make good." 
 - Oprah   

Here I drop the first letter of Her sacranomen; I drop it for my homeland. In this age when we can communicate anything, I choose to communicate love over misguided animosity. 

It is easy to point a finger at a politician, or a candidate, or anyone really, and say that that is the root of the problem. I choose instead to point my finger only at myself, and remain aware of what I might be doing, no matter how small, to contribute to national divisiveness. In this way, and this way only, can personal shortcomings be corrected. 

I choose to embody the classical liberal pluralism for which this nation was founded - even if it were conceived by imperfect humans, which we all are.  
I choose to live by the dream that so many, who risk everything to come here, are hoping to share in. I choose to live by the individuality that strong, empowered people like Oprah shaped their lives by. It's not about where you come from in this country. It is what you choose to make of yourself. She made her life what it is, and she did it starting off with less than most of us have; I therefore have no excuse. 

So, for my country, I drop the first letter of Her sacranomen, an offering of cannabis, and the only thing I have to give - drops of my blood, sweat, and tears.

May we all live by what we stand for. 



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