I took a bit of a break from writing last week, although I composed thirty thousand blogs in my head.
Not sure why the break happened, but then again, it is good for me to listen to my body rhythms and honor those needs.
So, here it is, Spiritual Rumination time and all that is on my mind is the State of the United States of America.
I have never been a red white and blue flag waving parade joining sing at the baseball games type of patriot. I find it sits uncomfortably with my soul. Don’t get me wrong here—I love my country. I am deeply grateful for the freedoms and privileges I live under everyday. I have studied my history and understand a basic principal: that is, not only do I have a right to my opinion and a freedom to express it, so do you. Sometimes that puts us at odds with each other. When that happens, we both have the responsibility to enter into dialogue, and to respect the other.
The responsibility and respect portion of this ideal has been AWOL in this country for some time now and it doesn’t appear to be making an appearance in the near future.
Tonight, my country has the opportunity to observe our two presidential candidates enter into a debate—what was once a public version of a civil discourse. If the last few months tell us anything about this election process, it is doubtful that civil will be an element of this discourse.
This saddens me a great deal. I would like to know what these two individuals have to say about real people issues. I want to be enlightened as to their level of compassion for humanity. I ache to feel their engagement with the everyday citizen who wants to work in a meaningful job, who desires to exist with a sense of integrity and dignity.
What do you think Hillary and Donald? Are you both ready to shed some light of life in the US of A? Can we cut past the disrespect, the scapegoating, the hurtful and hateful jargon?
One can only hope…I will be listening.