THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. There’s been a resurgence of hate crimes since the American presidential election outcome. I hope the new chief executive can control the bigots among him. If he cannot or if he turns them loose, none of us are safe.
History has proven this. When dictators ascend, they target a single group to start with. As they gain power, their purges reach beyond party, ethnic group or gender preference to include intellectuals, government administrators, corporate chief executives and/or anyone else who could possibly pose a threat to them.
Not since the election of another Republican who was extremely unpopular with a large portion of America has there been so much anger, so much bitterness, so much proactive hatred among the voting constituencies. The South swore that if Lincoln was elected, they would secede. He was and they did.
I am not for a moment suggesting that Donald Trump is another Hitler or Stalin. I am not inferring that his election will precipitate a second civil war. What I am stating, categorically, is that there are now thousands of newly empowered haters in America who are capable of violence and who feel that Donald Trump is their personal man in Washington.
We are a nation now not so much divided ideologically but rather by our behavior. I think this is probably better than the theological and socio-political differences that have destroyed other nations from within. Attitudes are a matter of personal choice. If we have chosen to hate, we can choose ~ given appropriate motivation ~ to love.
I sometimes wish human beings came with operating instructions but we all know that we do not. But if we ~ as individuals ~ refuse to hate, our behavior will change and the solutions we seek for our problems will not be predicated on violence or winning, but upon nonviolent cooperation.
That proverbial “buck” of rusty saw doesn’t really travel very far. It starts and stops with us, does it not?
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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