We are entering a New Year. Changes in the United States of America will affect the entire world. The election brought up to the surface the vile scum of racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, and the immoral power that has been seen in politicians. Right wing religion has become a weapon of hatred. Women have been debased in locker room talk. Something my father would never have engaged in. It has been pointed out by the media, that certain politicians lie many times a day. For people who value the truth, this is a challenge. When supporters of the lies are rewarded with money and powerful positions, then again, it is a challenge for those who value integrity.
What to Do?
Shakespeare in “Hamlet” advised -“To Thine Own self be true.” We have to take the helm in our hands and sail into the storm. We have to be risk takers or drown in the sewage. If we can ride out the storm, then there will be smooth sailing – there has to be. There is a Universal Law of Karma. We must sail with hope that our stewardship will overcome the dark and murky waters. Stay brave my friend. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.”
We Have Individual and Collective Tools
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another,
listening with the ears of another
and feeling with the heart of another.” –
As you are reading this, you and I are growing in many ways. Perhaps,. you have been admiring the words above from Alfred Adler. Wouldn’t the world be a better if we tried to understand our differences and then found that we have a lot more similarities! Empathy grows as we learn and as we become a better person, we do not have to judge someone or their culture or religion. We simply accept that it may be different to our own view-point. Do we want to be right or do we want to love?
The Purpose of Life.
Albert Schweitzer the great humanitarian said that the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the willingness to help others. The compassionate Buddha stated it this way: Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” – Gautama Buddha
It is nice to be important but it is important to be nice. There is also a Turkish proverb that states, “If speaking is silver, than listening is gold.”
As a lesbian, it is hard for me to turn to conservative Christianity and find solace. I have to walk my own path and trust in the Masters who have shown us how to live. We must be positive and light candles when we encounter darkness. This can be “our finest hour.” (to quote Churchhill). We must never surrender or give up.
Happy New Year – May it bring peace, joy and laughter to your soul.