“Unprecedented” amounts of the nasty’s – negative and deceitful foulmouthed and sensationalized exclamations, mean name calling, and vicious verbal attacks full of lies and distorted perceptions fueled by anger and even hatred – are currently raging across the not so United States. All of the world is watching as our American Democracy appears to be blowing itself apart by exposing its dark underbelly, its shadows and devils, that have been playing games with this country for centuries. But now all our quagmires are instantly shown everywhere and immediately through modern social media technology.
At this stage of America’s 2016 Presidential Elections, where the bought and paid for two ruling party’s have elected (Republicans) and selected (Democrats) two of the most distrusted candidates in American history, the spirit of we American peoples appears not to be a very pretty picture. Millions are fearful and angry regardless of what we label ourselves. And our American Society as a whole seems steeped in the selfishness of narcissism that demands that we get all of what we want now regardless of who or what it hurts or even annihilates in the process of getting the product of our desires.
What we are being presented over and over with politically is basically the “same old same old” whether it looks like nationalistic dictatorship or oligarchic incrementalism. It still is the Republican and Democratic Party’s dualism and need to control. One of our most brilliant scientists, Albert Einstein, tried to teach us that we can’t solve problems by doing the same things that created those particular problems. It’s time we take that bit of wisdom and apply it to our political world.
So, in this spirit, this is the first of a series of articles about integrating spirituality into politics: not religion but spirituality of which there is a huge difference. This is what’s been missing: Where’s the love? Where’s the real Divine Love and its true unity, its natural liberty and justice for all, its oneness and true soulful freedom in our political consciousness: in how we govern humanity? Where is the spiritual truth of “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you”?
Where are the resultant actions and laws that come from the spiritual acknowledgment that what works best for humanity is “Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves”? How have we gotten so far away from “Judge not least ye be judged” and “Find The Divine, God, in each and everyone”? How does “Let go and let God” fit into how we’re all behaving right now and into our political systems? Again, in our politics, where is the love?
Many of us are aware now that “we are spiritual beings having human experiences.” And yet it appears that where we have our spirituality integrated in our words and actions the least is in the arena of politics. Why is it so difficult for us to find a collective “For the best of all concerned- For the higher good”? Life is not just yours or just mine but ours. It’s not just for my tribe, my beliefs and perceptions but for us all: all for one and one for all. The stark naked truth of living on this planet is that we are all in this together. What I do affects you and what you do affects me… “We are all connected.”
Be that as it may, many still say that integrating spiritual principles into politics is both impractical and impossible. But I ask who among us is content with America’s political systems and institutions of governing? Who really feels that it is fair and functioning well? Is there anyone who doesn’t see and now know that how we deal with money can become the root of all evil, many injustices, many violent conflicts? So many of us know that narcissism and its selfishness, greed and arrogance is a blight on the human condition.
We can label ourselves or be labeled by others into political, religious, sexual, and economic category’s that appear radically different from one another and yet we, each one, can see the angers and fears that our political system of separation, of dualism, has driven us to. We all can see that name calling, nasty mean language, telling and spreading of distorted lies, and hateful oriented actions do not solve our, humanity’s, problems. We all have seen how hatred and anger makes us act crazily destructive and can put our lives in danger. Is that what you, what we, want? Is that what you, what we, choose?
Let’s just start integrating spirituality into politics by simply stopping the nasty’s. Stop the mean name calling and nasty language. Don’t say it. Don’t write it. Don’t read it. Don’t spread it. And don’t think it… The challenge is to send out what you know in your heart to be true. Send out that which you know will help and inspire. Start here and now. And dare to imagine what our world will be like when we have all stopped listening to and spreading nasty fear-based rumors about one another, sensationalized distortions of one another.
We can learn to discern the truth when we let go of our knee-jerk reactions of anger based on fear. It is important to learn how to recognize our own anger, hatred and distrust. Name them. Take some deep breaths and “Let go and let God” help you. And when you are calm and centered again, look for the sliver of truth in whatever ticked you off or hooked you into the ugliness and meanness that is so tempting to us. Go within for that fountain of Divine Wisdom we can all tap into if we just will. And see where this inner wisdom takes you…
Here are a few humanoid resources to help in the political fact checking category: Factcheck.org Politifact.com Opensecrets.org Truthorfiction.com Snopes.com Hoaxslayer.com