John Legend's Post About Love Is a Call to Action We Should All Embrace


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As far as the 2016 election goes, there are still a ton of emotions stirring from all parties involved. But, after some of the shock dies down, it will be time to pick up the pieces and deal with whatever happens next in the best way possible -- regardless of whatever disappointment any of us may feel. That's why John Legend's message is a good one to read for those of us still feeling all the feels regarding everything that went down this week. 

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Legend posted to Instagram a photo of him and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, along with baby Luna. They, as a family, posed in front of paper sign that read "#LoveMeNow" -- the title of his latest single (he posted a clip from the song's video a few days prior). However, it was the message that accompanied the photo that really lifted our spirits. Even if only a little bit. 

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It's been quite a time for the United States and the rest of the world as we all watched the election results come in early Wednesday morning. Some of us wept for our country. Some of us celebrated. Some of us are already taking to the streets in protest. You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest. I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it. I will not give up though. I will continue to be aware and vigilant. I will continue to speak out for justice. We didn't think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video. But in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it's clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it's also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind. The video premieres Friday and features a diverse group of people from all over the world. From Standing Rock to Iraq, from Orlando to the DR. Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that. If you want to join in our celebration of love, use the hashtag #lovemenow and send us a picture of you and someone you care about.

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His heartfelt Instagram caption was a post-election memo that reflected the mood of many. The message read:

You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest. I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it.

However, he went on to add what we need in order to begin to heal our despair (and division): 

...in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it's clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news. But it's also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalized and rejected, feared and left behind.

Sure, it seems easier said than done. It may seem that the damage has already been done and that hate has been unleashed from places deep within people -- hate that's hard to ignore now that you've heard it (and thus you've heard people's true hearts). Nonetheless, it is crucial that we ourselves muster up whatever love we have in a time like this -- allowing that love and kindness be an extension of ourselves.

The one thing that will always set those apart from those who live with hate in their hearts (those who wish to build walls or who are intimidated by anyone who doesn't look like them) is the ability to be kind and loving. Yes, even in the face of what seems to be the beginning of the end.

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From where I'm sitting, it seems to be the only way that we will even begin to get through the next four years. So, although Legend went on to promote his new video release, I think the message makes it more than a new video (which he said was only coincidentally released at the perfect time) -- the message makes this video a call to action. The call to action that we need right now. It's a call to action to love one another despite views, color, or financial status. 

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It's a call to action that allows us to hope for new and better days. The call to action that reminds us that there will be just that, because with love we will continue to fight for the love we want to see in the world. 

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