i was listening to U2’s song “One” yesterday and these lyrics struck me. they recognize each of us as a unique expression of life, yet somehow still part of the whole. we “get” to carry each other is a recognition of how life is – interdependent.
carrying each other is love. carrying each other is mutual compassion. carrying each other is something we can actively choose to do in big ways, even as we already do so in small ways unrecognized.
our #VOTE can be a big way to carry each other. are we #voting to help others as well as ourselves, especially those who may not have as loud a voice or a seat at the table? are we using this right, this privilege, this responsibility to further kindness and decency or add to cruelty and harm?
#midterms #elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 8th.
let’s use our voice, our vote to carry each other.
i find myself often wondering what those who are near to me and passed on may think of where we find ourselves today.
i think of my late grandfather, who as my mom has shared with me, loved history. he was an army veteran, he fought against fascism in World War II. what would he think of the dark, desperate cloud of fascism asserting itself once again in our world globally, including here in the US?
i think of my late friend, Josiah, gone from this world and life far too soon, who lived with such love for life and saw the sacredness inherent in it, who valued gentleness, beauty, openness, and creativity. what would he think of the indifference, the aggression, and cruelty? how would he see the role of light bearers in the slow creep of darkness?
may we remember the past and learn, may we see the inherent sacredness of life calling our hearts to gentleness.
may hearts open, may our light shine, may sanity arise.
in 2015 i posted an article written by a historian warning of the trend both in the US and globally toward authoritarianism, fomented by “strong men” (and “strong women” – one should note this term doesn’t equate actual strength) who embrace ultra nationalist ideology. to my chagrin, i am unable to find that essay now. it was a warning, a warning we’ve been slow to heed in this country and we are living out the consequences. elections have consequences.
anti-Semitism is on the rise in our country. my heart and voice are with my Jewish friends. i stand in solidarity with you. it should be noted that anti-Semitism goes hand in hand with authoritarian movements.
i’ve shared Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, multiple times, because it is so applicable to what we are experiencing in our country today. history is being repeated. the chipping away of our representative democracy is happening, following the playbook.
no one wins and no one, no group is ultimately safe, with fascism. no one. it only leads to harm and destruction. it eventually fails, but at what cost? why align with such harm, such destruction?
please read history, please face the present moment, please use your voice to push back against fascism and most importantly #VOTE in these #midterm #elections. we are just a little over a week away. i have links in my bio to inform yourself and to register if you haven’t.
more and more in my own life and practice, and as i read the wisdom of others long in their journey, it seems clear that love and compassion (which i would call embodied love) are choices we make, vows we commit to.
feelings come and go. basing our compassion on how we feel can lead to bias in to whom we extend our compassion. there is some ego stuff going on there. but to commit to compassion, a vow so to speak, is something we do regardless of how we feel and it is a choice we make over and over – moment to moment, day to day.
it can be a challenging commitment, but we can “look to the helpers” as Mr. Rogers once shared, those who are living out that choice – that vow, for inspiration as we commit to do the same.
let’s commit to compassion together and let’s infuse our #VOTE in just a little under two weeks with such intention and loving action, to benefit all beings.