I asserted in last week’s post that every problem you have ever faced and will ever face comes from the one fear-based belief that all humans seem to have that we are separate. All the complexity of the world is nothing more than a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not let it be resolved. If you could only recognize that your ONLY problem is your fear-inducing belief that you are separate from others, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance.
I concluded by asking you to try, for just one day, to look at everyone you meet, not as a stranger or an advisory, but as your brother or sister, not as your enemy, but as your friend and partner, one with you in spirit and intention, and see how that day goes for you. I promise you’ll want to start doing that every day. How’s that going?
What seems to be on my mind daily, mostly because I can’t seem to get away from it, is the present race for President in the US, which demonstrates, more than any other example I could give you, this fear-based belief in separation. Think about it from the perspective of the point of view I’m espousing. Have you ever seen such hatred between the principle Presidential candidates? Sure, we have hotly contested races every four years, but it seems to me there has always been, to some degree, a level of respect between the candidates. Yes, there are negative ads and hotly contested issues, but there has always been, to my recollection, a degree of civility, coming from the understanding that the candidates are both worthwhile human beings.
But not anymore. Civility is long gone. The country is more polarized than ever. Each side seems determined to demonize the other. There are even riots and fights at rallies. I don’t ever remember seeing anything like this before. It’s ugly and it’s nasty. I just can’t imagine what people around the world are thinking about what has happened to the good old USA.
I hear myself and others saying that they can’t wait until November 8th so it will all be over. But will it be? I think the problems are just getting started. Whoever wins, at all levels, will be hated by the 40-50% who didn’t win. Is it likely that the losers and the winners will hug and make up and come together for the sake of the common good? If you think that will be the case, I have a bridge I would like to sell you at a good price.
But that is exactly what we must do. 70% of the country believes we are going in the wrong direction and I’m one of them. I can almost promise you that after the first of the year, I will be writing a lot about our need to all come together and what I think each of us can do to make that happen. In the meantime, be sure and vote as a lot is at stake come November 8th.