“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
Let’s get the obvious out of the way.
Donald Trump is our president because our nation voted him into office.
If you google, “Why was Donald Trump elected president?” many articles come up with various explanations about Trump’s support base, overall voter turnout, and Clinton’s inability to secure votes from key places in her demographic.
On the surface, these articles provide explanations for why he was elected president.
But I have a different take.
This blog isn’t a political one, and it never will be, but it is a spiritual one, and I can’t look at the state of our nation and world without seeing the spiritual crisis we are currently experiencing.
From a spiritual perspective, I believe the larger reason that Trump was elected was to WAKE. US. UP.
His election isn’t causing more of a divide in our nation as much as it is exposing the divide that already exists. It’s forcing us to start to have the tough conversations that need to take place.
As a country, do we believe that kindness is important? Is sexual assault and/or sexual harassment something that we are willing to be ambivalent about in this country? (By the way, #MeToo.) Do we want to be ruled by fear and designate people that aren’t from our country as the “other,” or do we want to continue to serve as a melting pot for the human race?
But here is the most important question (in my mind) that the election raises for Trump and non-Trump supporters alike: Are we willing to love each other in spite of our differences?
Everything feels more intense now because everything has been brought to the surface and we are on shaky ground. The underlying cracks in our nation are exposed, but what I’m proposing like Leonard Cohen wrote, is that the cracks are there to let the light in.
This video moves me to tears:
Isn’t it beautiful? This, this is what can happen when two sides on any given issue communicate. And did you notice that neither side compromised on their beliefs? They still disagree with each other, but both sides also respect each other as fellow human beings.
When we look at someone’s beliefs as something that they have instead of identifying their beliefs with who they essentially are, we can vehemently disagree with their beliefs and still see the core humanity that exists in that person.
This means I can look at Trump and disagree with much of what he stands for and still see him for who he is: a person entirely ruled by his fearful ego, and a child of God, nonetheless.
This doesn’t mean that we excuse poor behavior or ideas that lead us away from kindness and compassion, but we also don’t dehumanize the person with opposing beliefs. When we do that, we ourselves are ruled by the ego.
This truth resonates in my soul: I believe that we are more than the worst thought we’ve ever had and more than the worst act we’ve ever committed. I don’t believe that we can cherry-pick the application of grace to best suit our beliefs. Grace comes in one-size-fits-all and must be applied across the board, or not at all. Not one of us is perfect.
Let me be clear that it is so hard to love your enemy. The ego is a strong force, and when I watch the video above, it’s hard for me to resist disassociating myself completely with some of the ignorant people in the crowd. My ego wants to make them the “other” in the same way that they clearly designate a Black Lives Matter member as the “other.”
Neither position is right.
We are not our beliefs, we are not our gender, we are not our race, we are not our sexual orientation, we are not our religion, we are not our class, we are not our political party, and we are not our country. These are things that we have, that our egos strongly identify with, but who we are at our core is something different.
Until we realize that at our core we are ALL the same consciousness, and engage from this starting point in our communications, nothing will change.
I think the election, as painful as it’s been on our country, is leading us in this very direction.
The battle going on in our country is the same as it’s always been. I don’t think it’s good versus evil. I think it’s love versus fear.
And guess what? Every single one of us is on the battlefield.