Earlier this month I wrote about the importance of keeping Marianne Williamson’s voice in the political arena during this election. However, many political pundits are confused by her message. They want to rehash the polarized positions debated each day on cable news. When someone varies from the script, they tend to not know what to say or to ridicule it.
Recently, Marianne was on Anderson Cooper. Indulge me. Take a few minutes and watch the video below.
Let me stress a couple of her quotes:
“Far more people love than hate in this country and in the world.”
“Those who hate….they hate with conviction today, they are stategized, they are energized and unfortunately they are energized by the President of the United States. Those of us who love, must now love with the same conviction that is demonstrated by those who hate because conviction itself is a force multiplier. We have to stand for love. We can’t just sorta kinda love. We can’t just love the people like us or our own children. We must stand for the children on the other side of town, we must stand for love for children on the other side of the world. We must stand for love as effectively, and as passionately and with as much seriousness as with that which is unfortunately being demonstrated by some who hate.”
I agree with her wholeheartedly on these points.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to let those who hate fill the air time and be covered on the news. Good news doesn’t get the ratings that bad news does. Similarly a good argument draws more attention that a respectful conversation. We have let the conviction expressed by those who hate to grab the media attention so much that we have begun to believe that it is the norm.
Yet, day to day, everywhere I go….I run into kind loving people. I rarely interact with mean or hateful people. This is truly a kind and loving world. The fact is, a loving world is the one that most of us want to live in.
The issue is that while most of us have created a loving sphere of life for our personal world in which we live and move each day….that seemingly larger public space of politics and media has grown into a hate filled place of polarization and demonization of the other without most of us contributing to its creation. Slowly over time, that public space has grown into this area that most of us sit and wonder “how did this happen?”….and feel overwhelmed to do anything about it.
But we can do something. Marianne is right that more of us love than hate. And that “loving majority” can claim back the public space of politics and the news.
How? Here are a few ideas:
One: Don’t contribute to the negativity and the hate. Don’t contribute to polarization in our political system. See my recent post on “Transcending Polarization” as a start. Turn away from negativity and hate when it presents itself in your life.
Two: Bring the topic of love and caring for one another into your political dialogue. Make talking about our love for one another more of a political norm than our talking about hate.
Three: Be a loving presence. That doesn’t mean let other people push you over…have healthy boundaries….but look for ways to bring more love and kindness into the world….treat others as you wish to be treated….be the love you want to see in the world.
Let’s reclaim the public space for love and caring.
What do you think?