Oh, I am so heavy hearted lately, watching my Facebook and Twitter pages pile up with hero worship and villainizing of the Presidential candidates, and then anyone who agrees or disagrees. We are forgetting how to talk together, to see the whole picture. And it all starts with this tragic truth: putting someone on a pedestal can be just as dehumanizing as kicking them into the dirt. So this is my plea, today:
- Get the facts when you can.
- Ask the hard questions.
- Challenge your own preconceptions. It’s not necessarily fun at first, but it makes a world of difference!
Lets look with both mind and heart, and be awake enough to see the story that’s being told, the spin or the message or the myth that’s trying to influence the way we interpret what you hear. Unconscious emotional stigmatizing or hero worship makes us and our hero/villains victims, and only increases our distress.
If you truly believe what the inspirational quotes say, that we are all stardust, that we need to connect, to really know each other, you must resist pedestals and shaming posts. Neither serves our highest good!
What a difference it would make, in this election discussion, in our relationships with those we love, or people who make us feel uncomfortable, defensive, small.