What will it take? Only you know the answer.
What will it take to move you? What will it take to move you from a place of certainty and towards a place of openness to evidence, to a place of possible changed opinion?
We live in a world where everyone is talking and no one is listening. Most people only pause long enough to catch their breath and then dive right back into the rhetoric.
As we stumble through this ghastly political battlefield, I keep coming back to that question.
What will it take for you to listen?
My Facebook feed is full of political memes and messages regarding candidates; their potential benefits to the nation, their views and more often, their missteps and political sins.
What do we think we are accomplishing when we post these images and words?
No one is listening. It’s like people who just keep bringing water to those who are not thirsty.
I suspect people hope they may make someone think; that they might just offer an issue that generates pause and causes others to research and truly consider their position.
People want to make a difference. People hope to gain another person in support, perhaps, that sways the election in the direction they desire.
It makes no difference of the lies or the actions of a candidate. My personal belief is that almost everyone has already made up their mind. The time between now and the election is a total waste of time and money.
I personally believe that we are an arrogant lot. We think we know; we think we understand.
I’m pretty sure we don’t understand much of anything. I suspect we get about one half of one percent of what there is to know…if that.
My opinion is not that we’re stupid, but that the body of knowledge to be known is so vast, that it’s simply outside of our grasp.
The practical side to this is, we can’t think we know all of the answers. Our minds must constantly be open to and aware of new potentialities.
Don’t be that person… that arrogant person posting things they can’t possibly understand. Don’t be the one who digs their heels in the mud during a debate and refuses to entertain the possibility of being wrong.
In wrongness lies creation, potential, and growth.
Our egos tether us to an opinion and belief. It tethers us to political parties. Let go of the ego and consider the dream of possibility.
How many people are left that are open to the possibility that their candidate may be wrong? Are there people among us who would truly free themselves from ego and conditioning to critically analyze the information?
I see so much division. If you grew up in a staunchly republican or democrat home is your loyalty based more on identity and emotionality than researched ideology? That makes me sad.
But the truth is, people are so indoctrinated that words like “democrat” “liberal” the “left” “republican” the “right” are dirty words. I won’t even mention the response that comes with the words “conservative christian”.
Neither “democrat” nor “republican,” “left” nor “right” or even the words “conservative christian” are dirty words.
In truth, alliances that are well thought out and researched are respected by me and others who are capable of exercising their muscles of critical thought. I have no respect for those that spew political hate that simple follow political rhetoric like sheep headed to the slaughter.
Are you open to evidence?
Are you willing to research and critically view the information put before you?
Are you able to resist the mob rule of the American political climate?
Can you put space between you and your ego and make a well-considered choice?
And so, it is with these words that I challenge each of us to be open, to consider, and to use our heads when assessing our choices.
But above all, be kind. Remember to love. Remember that even those candidates with whom we disagree are human with souls and an eternity that stretches before them, just as it does for us.
Love is about people, not about opinions or ideology. Most definitely it is not about politics.
What will it take? What will it take to get you to really think and not be swayed by the news media? What will it take for you to stop following a candidate that is simply your parties candidate? What will it take to get you to consider you may be wrong about this one?
Our future and our Nation hangs in the balance.
Only you know the answer.