Today I sit to write about something that’s been on my heart for at least a year, perhaps even a little longer.
Fear is the block.
Fear mostly in that as much as we say we don’t care what people think, we really do. It is our nature to want folks to agree with us.
This year, I have learned though that we can disagree, and not be nasty about it. So I can say what I have to say, and not be afraid of what you think.
I want to think. I want you to think.
When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” William Wrigley Jr. (Quote Source)
All that said, to say this;
Last November we elected a new President, and here is what I’ve observed.
I thought the hate talk would die down after a bit, but alas, it has not.
I don’t care which side of the aisle people reside on, Democrat or Republican, liberal, conservative, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist or Muslim, male, female, or LBGTQ. I have observed a type of speech that quite frankly breaks my heart.
This speech comes from those I know, and those I don’t, virtual friends and people on the street.
Here it is; They want to love, love, love. Run the world with love. Be love. Speak love.
And the moment someone says the name of our President, the spirit of wrath, and vitriol comes out of their mouths, obscenities that I cannot personally utter. In the next sentence, they are back to love, love, love.
Some leaders even stand in front of microphones and say awful things about those who voted for him. Excuse me, but wouldn’t that be over half of the nation that you’re bad mouthing?
Can I just say, leave the man alone and let him do his job? We have all heard the viciousness of verbal attacks launched on the President and his family. Can we just stop?
I have not always agreed with our previous Presidents, even the ones I liked. I didn’t bad mouth them, I used my voice in the voting booth.
I seldom have these conversations due to the angst and anger that is spewed after they begin.
I won’t. I can’t. My heart can’t take it.
Perhaps we need to begin some civil dialogue? Or not.
I can always use my voice in the voting booth.