I just got back from a fast and furious work trip to Dallas and while the smoked BBQ Pork was heavenly, as usual when I get home from somewhere else, Iím struck by how lucky I feel to live here in Los Angeles. Still, I find it eye opening to get out. In Dallas for instance, while on a film set, which gave me access to a lot of conversations, I ran into a lot of people who were very open about their religious viewpoints. And like many of my friends here….who just assume that everyone is pretty liberal and left-wing, the assumption there was that you were Republican and Christian. One woman I talked to just assumed I was a born again Christian (as was she). She went on to tell me about how difficult a time a friend of hers was having. He had been sued for his involvement in demonstrating and getting violent at an abortion clinc and had a judgement against him for something like 10 million dollars. Because he was an author, now that there was a judgement against him….he had to funnel all his earnings into a foundation or risk having it taken by the judgement. I tried hard not to react…because I know how myopic I can be about my beliefs. And I want to respect everyone’s viewpoint. My first instinct was to like this woman when I first met her…and then I felt shock at her beliefs….so I had to assimilate both her views, which are so radically different from mine, and the notion that I felt a bond with her over other experiences, and let go of judging. It was a change for me. And really isn’t that what it’s all about, accepting differences and still being able to get along. Wouldn’t that be the way of ultimate peace on this planet?
Iíve traveled all over the world, mostly for my jobÖ.but occasionally for fun, and while every place has itís charms and immense particular beauty, living in LA, we really have it made. I wonderÖis it just that LA is so familiar and ëhomeí to me that makes me love it so? Is it because I feel there is more acceptance here for a wider range of ideas? And is that really true? We all cling to our familiar routines and surroundings, it makes us feel safe, and Iím no different. But when I add up all the pros and cons of Hawaii, NYC, London, Paris and then compare them to my beloved LA, she still shines the brightest for me.