Archive for September, 2016

Election Season

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Scary…spooky…cringe worthy? No, it’s not Halloween. It’s election season.   That time is here again where the best of our country-the freedom of speech and decision and  hopefully good people wanting to be of service, is balanced with what can at times seem a mockery of all that.

As folks committed to a mindful, passionate, and positive life, I don’t think we are doing our sacred duty as citizens of our country and the world if we fall too much into any of the following:
“They are all a bunch of crooks and I don’t care what happens on Election Day.”
“I hate that candidate.”
“It doesn’t matter who wins, we’re all screwed.”
“If ____________ wins, I’m moving out of the country.”
I’m not saying there may not be mountains of evidence to support all of the following  comments, and I wouldn’t be able to share them with you if I didn’t have the urge to say them myself once in a while. Instead of being cynical however, I am reminded of what to me is probably the most spiritual political statements ever given by the man who was once the most despised, but has become the most admired president ever in our country,  Abraham Lincoln.
The statement comes from his first inaugural address, on the eve of the Civil War.   I shudder when I hear media pundits say things like our country has never been this divided. I’d like to say they are unaware of history, but more aptly my guess is that they are very interested in ratings. God bless them.
Here is what Lincoln said:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
“The mystic chords of memory.” Wow. Lincoln is saying that within us all is the primordial knowing that we are one.   “The better angels of our nature.” Wow again. Lincoln is saying that within us all is an appeal to be better, more caring, more compassionate, and free.   He is saying deep down that we all “know better.”
If you vote this year, I invite you to take a moment to appeal to the “mystic chord of memory” within you. I invite you to appeal to the angels of your better nature. This is my prayer for every voter in our country, and especially my prayer for those who win.