23 Jan Love is the Only Bridge for Division
While here in Paris, I have met the most interesting international travelers (mostly due to the charm of my 7 pound Maltese, Lia). The other day was no exception. I met a wonderful woman from New Jersey. As we got to talking, I found out that she had voted for Trump. Now I did not vote for Trump. But my reasons were less about politics and much more about psychology and emotional stability. That said, I was curious to know her thoughts and the rationale behind her choice. Now the details of the conversation are not important. What is important is that the more we talked and listened to each other, the more we found common ground. This isn’t to say that I agreed with all her points, nor her mine. But it is to say that we found a space in between our differences that we infused with understanding and LOVE.
As I watch the news, media feeds, and other outlets that share information, I am saddened by the fact that there is such an “us versus them” mentality. Many people are angry or protesting the divisions in our society. Yet in the same breath, they are making speeches, social media posts, etc. that only take further steps to highlight and perpetuate separation. This is not only hypocritical, it lacks the fundamentals of love. I am certainly not suggesting that by infusing love into a situation, it automatically begets love. A response to love can be immediate or take time (and possibly a life time). But true love is about accepting things as they are, not as you want them to be.
This doesn’t mean that we stand to the side and watch atrocities happen. It means that we move forward in ways that are positive, proactive, and loving. It doesn’t mean we throw shade, insults, and rhetoric at the problems or toward those who are inflicting them. It means we fill the voids with love, hope, and inspiration through authentic leadership and with divine wisdom. Love begets love. Hate begets hate. These are simple rules that have stood the test of time.
Gandhi knew that hostility began because we each tend to believe our own world view is the correct one. Dr. Martin Luther King believed, “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” However, we must understand that violence isn’t just about actions, war, or rioting. The most damaging violence in our society, towards ourselves and others, comes from spoken words.
We now live in a time were millions of voices want to be heard and impart change. This is inspiring! Yet, as we all move forward, let us remember our WORDS and actions have energy and consequences. Let us use them with prayer, peace, TRUTH, right conduct, nonviolence, and LOVE.