Something Bigger than Personalities

Whoah. I was just thinking about a conversation I’d had with a friend – we’d been talking about the marches we were both in last Saturday – mostly how epic and inspiring it was to be part of that – but we also got into a debate about the hate signs and hate speech that some people brought with them to the marches. My friend felt one way about that, and I felt another. And as I was thinking about that conversation this morning I had a kind of epiphany for myself – and I know this is something that a lot of you probably realized long ago – but, for me, it was, like, whoah. Here’s what came to me: I’m against hate – whichever direction it comes from, whether it’s from the left, right, or upside down; I’m against hate and mean-spiritedness.

And the corollary – I’m FOR loving kindness. No matter which direction it comes from – left, right, or in-between.

When I brought my “Love rules!” sign into the march it wasn’t to show support for everyone who voted against Donald Trump – in my mind, the marches were about something bigger than personalities. In my mind, this wasn’t an “us” versus “them” kind of thing. When I joined the march it was to stand in solidarity with folks who are working and praying for justice and equality for ALL people – not just people who voted against Donald Trump.

Not sure I explained this at all well. But when have I ever let that stop me from posting stuff? 🙂

“Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned.”
– Mary Baker Eddy

“Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable.”
– Mary Baker Eddy

good you do and embody

4 thoughts on “Something Bigger than Personalities

  1. Karen, I like your sign and your motives for attending the Saturday marches. I am a socially liberal , occasional church attending Christian Scientist whose family has been in the Deep South since the late 1600’s.My Paternal Great grandparents discovered Christian Science back in the early 1900’s in Atlanta. I had three Great Great Grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy. I live in an especially conservative area, Montgomery Alabama, so as you might guess , I know MANY people who voted for Trump and are VERY pleased that he won the election. Most of them are not racist bigots and voted for Trump for various reasons. I know full well the terrible history of Race relations here , but to me things seem much better here now. I have to say that I am not African American ,so maybe my opinion would be different from their point of view , I don’t know. But I DO know that the way many liberals In Other parts of the country view Southerners as ignorant ,backwards rednecks is of no use. I was just reading yesterday a news post on AOL about the tornadoes we had here in the Deep South over the weekend and people were leaving comments like “I’m glad it didn’t hit any states that count” and “Good! Less Trump voters” ETC! I found those comments disgusting and it turns people away from what they see as Liberal ideas. Mary Baker Eddy and yourself have the right approach, Love and Justice. My wish is that our Country will unite together in a way it really never has before because the World needs us an example of freedom, equality and justice.

    • Thank you, Rick, for your thoughtful comment, and for taking the time to respond to my post. I think – hope – what we’re seeing here is an awakening – people waking up from complacency to come together for peace. I think something wonderful is about to happen. 🙂

  2. Karen, I also like your comments explaining your reasons for marching and another thought from MBE came to mind. “Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.” AND this week’s lesson on Love is another good answer to the thought that evil, hatred, has some sense of reality. LOVE does rule.

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