In these challenging times, it might behoove us to remember Franklin Roosevelt’s words, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and be conscious of how fear can lead us down the path to nowhere.
Right now it seems as if we fear each other. Those in the blue category are literally “blue” with despair that so many fellow Americans voted the “wrong” way while the reds are gleefully spouting the victory of what is “right.” How can we ever re-unite and come together if we keep taking sides, polarizing ourselves to the point of oblivion?
Our polarization of viewpoints — black vs. white, right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, Republican vs. Democrat — has created a war within ourselves and with each other. The polarization of anything always creates a stalemate. In other words, our other side is bad. We aren’t solving problems from a place of unity, but from separation. We are no more at peace than the Israelis and Palestinians. We may not be killing one another physically, but might we be spiritually?
We have been narrowly trained to look at things in black and white, leaving little for the middle way. But the middle is where true union thrives as two opposites see that they can complement each other and ﬁnd real answers to the challenges they face together. They soon ﬁnd that they are part of a circle, or community — where there are no sides, only people helping and supporting one another because they recognize they live as one and what happens to another happens to them. They no longer discuss morals based on behavior, but instead learn to become spiritually whole by living in compassion and understanding. They make decisions together from conversations that allow for all possibilities and come to solutions in the spirit of cooperation, not competition. And as a result, together they create a new kind of democracy derived from something much more powerful than fear.
It’s called love.
That might sound weak and mushy to many, but love is the strongest and ﬁrmest form of energy alive in the world. It goes beyond religious dogma to the deeper teachings of spiritual truth and the more accurate nature of God. Love means to allow, to let what is, be what is, without judging it. Love is by far the greatest wealth that our human soul longs for…to be accepted and understood no matter what. While fear says, “I am right and you are wrong,” love says, “I allow all possibilities; let’s look for the middle way, together.”
Love is our deepest nature, but until we choose it consciously over fear, its power will not be known and we will all be the lesser for it.
Could this time in history be our greatest opportunity to raise our collective consciousness about what we are choosing and try a different energy, a new force that will create new solutions that last and provide us with a truly safer world? What if we bridged love with politics? If we use the principles of love — non-judgment, understanding and compassion — might our lawmaking process reﬂect our deeper nature? Might we create a real American dream? One that is based on the life, liberty and happiness of real people?
A dream that is based in fear will eventually collapse. One that is based on love will ﬂourish and could bring us the peace we all seek.