Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On Doing the Right Thing

        I think many people are very aware of just how pervasively the mood at the White House has affected the national mood. We are definitely more querulous, more conscious of differences, more inclined to view our American diversity as “otherness.” The current administration fosters so much combativeness and intense negativity that it is bound to trickle down to the rest of us.

Therefore if the leaders are not equal to the people, the people must lead, and the people are more than just latte’ liberals and card-carrying conservatives! We are spiritual beings, whatever our personal beliefs may be, and we all carry the gift of heaven within us. The miseries we have been inflicting upon ourselves are nothing short of a form of sacrilege!

We know what to do, and we have before us the great, golden ethical guide: Do as you would be done to. This is “the right thing.” We all want to be treated with kindness, compassion, fairness, justice and loving concern and so certainly does the rest of humanity. This is not rocket science, and it doesn’t take a university degree to figure how to live accordingly. It is not for nothing that the opening words of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States are “We, the people…”

We can extend our hands, both literally and figuratively, to those who are just out of reach. We can determine what is needed and agree to be need fillers. If our leaders are not for us, then we must be for one another. Sometimes it will be as simple as giving a smile; other times will take more effort.

We know the right thing to do…

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