With the election of President-elect Trump, politics are actually starting to sound fun to me. That’s quite a stretch, because I always considered politics to be an incredibly slow and mundane process. I was amazed that anything actually ever got done.
Then politics took a huge, 180 degree turn, and society started not only radically shifting Its language, policies, and measures, totally opposite from what I thought, felt, and believed, but It went so far as to criticize and negatively label things that were near and dear to my heart. It decided that I and the majority of people in this country were wrong, and It took legal action against anyone and anything that disagreed with what It wanted!
People were forced to abide by a new set of standards, and differing beliefs and ideas became feared and ridiculed rather than discussed and celebrated. I believe children would gain greater respect for others, and personal inner strength, if taught in school about the various and diverse religious beliefs in the world. They would not fear others because they would understand them better. This would only enrich their lives, and help them be better grounded and more prepared for life. That is something to celebrate!
If love of country and respect for the flag were taught and exemplified in society people would have something to be proud of. They would be willing to defend it, and in turn stand up for the poor and underserved. We need this in our lives in order to be a whole person, as there is something missing inside us otherwise.
And what about race and gender? Most religious beliefs teach that people are equal, that they have a relationship with God and with each other, and that when we live moral and ethical lives, not only will we be blessed but others will be blessed as well. Suddenly equality becomes the norm and bigotry goes away.
We have so much more in common than not. It is time to bring back that commonality and reap the many blessings that follow.
When have you seen evidence of this in your life?