The following message is said without judgment, malice, or derision; rather, it’s born of my desire to foster peace, tolerance, and acceptance among all people.
I understand that many people are angry, outraged, fearful, confused and hurting due to the horrendous atrocities occuring throughout the world as well as the significant amount of anger, indignant attitudes and self righteous behavior, right here in the U.S., due to the current presidential campaign, which is another issue but one that I also want to address.
In regard to the atrocities that have been occuring, feelings of shock, horror, fear, and anger are justifiable and warranted and I also understand all the anger and animosity involved in the presidential campaign. Here’s the thing though: when we respond to circumstances in such a way that incites more fear and anger as well as the possibility of hatred and violence, we have now become a part of the problem instead of choosing to be a part of the solution. This is very concerning because right now the planet is rampant with those volatile emotions and we need to take care not to tip the precarious balance even further. Also, it doesn’t make sense that we would choose to respond to an unjust situation (referring to the atrocities) with the same energy (hatred, judgment, fear, violence) that caused it. By offering the opposite (peace, comfort, love, support), we create the opportunity to unite all people and heal the situation.
As far as the presidential election, in America we are a nation that prides itself on our freedom to choose. Countless individuals have fought and died in order for us to benefit from that privilege. Let’s respect that right by refraining from shaming and blaming those who are voting for the candidate that is not of our choosing. We can speak peacefully about the reasons why we support one candidate over another but to ruthlessly insult, belittle, and ridicule those who are choosing differently is truly uncalled for and it’s fostering feelings of separation, anger, intolerance, etc. That’s the last thing we need right now. Part of being peaceful means accepting that others are going to think, speak, and act differently than us and that doesn’t make them wrong or lesser than us. It’s not very peaceful for us to inflict our thoughts and opinions on another. It’s a form of tyranny. In any case, attempting to incite anger, fear, hatred, and violence against those who we perceive to be wrong or those we think of as ‘evil doers’ puts us at the level of the so called ‘evil doer’ because we’re matching the energetic makeup of their thoughts and actions.
Humor has a large presence in my life and I’m able to laugh at the silly jokes, gifs, memes and commentary pertaining to the two main candidates; but due to the volatile emotions and anger wrapped up in this election, a seemingly harmless joke is often enough to incite the anger of those who support the candidate that it’s about and before you know it, there we go again. I guess the message there is know who you’re dealing with and proceed with caution as well as respect for the thoughts and opinions of others.
I just ask that we consider the way that we choose to respond to events and situations. We need to give careful thought and consideration to our words and actions because many are hearing/seeing them and they do have an effect on the outer world. We don’t have to agree with the choices of other’s but we don’t have to condemn them for them either.
We can talk openly with each other and acknowledge things in the world that require correction and healing for the betterment of humankind and then we can come up with solutions that unite all of us in peaceful action rather than separate us from each other due to misperceived differences that suggest we’re better/less than, more/less worthy than another, etc.
There are always many paths to choose from while traveling along the road of Life. I think we’ve been going down the current road for long enough, far too long actually. It’s led us away from ourselves and each other, it’s left us bitter, angry, jaded, and cynical. I’m ready for a new destination with a better view and happy traveling companions. Why don’t we give the road less traveled a try for a while by striving for peace and unity? No harm will be done and we’re always free to choose again if we don’t like it, but something tells me we will. Hope to see you there. I truly do.
With deepest regards and respect,