I feel the need to weigh in on the political situation in US of A. I do not believe that I have anything new to say, but when I think that I will therefore not say anything, that feels wrong. So this, today, is my statement. Followed by a story that gives me a way forward.
I am not happy with our new president. I was not happy with him as a candidate, and I am not happy with him now. I don’t like what he says or has done regarding issues of immigration. I don’t like his arrogant, self-absorbed demeanor. I read things that disturb me regarding how he is placing white supremacists in powerful positions around him. I am told that hate crimes and hateful actions are on the rise.
I know good people who like him, who brush off what I find intolerable with a shrug of the shoulders and say this is the liberal media, not the truth. All I can say is, I hope you are right.
I still don’t like him. I feel betrayed by a country that I thought I understood a little, but clearly I don’t.
In the face of discrimination, hate and fear, I feel compelled to wage love. Wage kindness. Wield it like a sword. No one, no matter how hateful, can take away your ability to be compassionate. Do it expansively.
Here is a small Native American story for us to keep close to our hearts, to give us a way forward, personally. It doesn’t speak directly to politics, but to individuals–to me.
A grandfather tells a young child that inside each person, there is a good wolf and a bad wolf. The bad wolf is hate, anger, and arrogance. The good wolf is love, compassion, and kindness. The good wolf and the bad wolf are locked in a fight.
The child thinks about the wolves and, as children do, asks, “Which one wins?”
The grandfather replies, “The one you feed.”
Feed the good wolf.