I am awake early after a few too many glasses of wine and more importantly the shame of losing my sh*t last night in a political discussion. Not only did I try so very hard to be right, I did a terrible job of explaining why it is so important to me. I unleashed the full fury from deep within myself that I have been trying to keep at bay during the months of this election.
Then, this morning, I read this article that beautifully sums up what I wanted to say. Thank you Nova for sharing.
"what unites the two of us in friendship and collaboration is not shared politics or the same religion. It is something simpler: a shared belief in compassion, in human dignity, in the intrinsic usefulness of every person to contribute positively for a better and more meaningful world." ~By THE DALAI LAMA and ARTHUR C. BROOKS
This US election, has brought out more separation than collaboration or friendship. With all the mudslinging, there has been very little dignity. There is very little effort to see the contributions of either candidate, only the faults.
Where is the United in the United States right now?
I realized last night that no matter who "wins" the election, the US has already lost. There will be no friendship or collaboration between the sides that have been drawn. This fight, this election, has not been a fight to bring peace or compassion, understanding, or human dignity to the US or the world. It has been a fight for power, a fight to be right. The election and the coverage is as shameful as my outburst last night. I felt so strongly I was right and I wanted to be right. I was not trying to understand, or to feel compassion. The strength of my conviction only ended in feeling the loss of my own dignity, self respect and separation from myself and my friends.
Today I shall question the pain and fear that drove me so forcefully last night. Because only when I take responsibility for my behaviour, my words, my fear, can I begin to find understanding and compassion for myself and others. And only then can I reunite the parts of me that I have been trying to keep at bay.