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Yesterday, I was saddened when I received an email, in reference to the 2016 election, with the subject line, "America divided is a good thing." To be clear, I've seen several blogs or email of this nature, but this one was my tipping point.
The author complemented the blog with a video that went on to speak about how contrast and division motivate desire. I expressed joy for those who may finally be motivated to act. I also appreciated that there is much to be learned from whatever motivates us and awakens change..
Yet, for me, this does NOT equate with "America divided nation is a good thing" - especially for those in our society who will deeply suffer from this division. I cannot help but wonder how this may be received by those who may be suffering. I liken it to Viktor Frankl's, Man's Search for Meaning. I appreciate this as one of the more motivating books I have ever read. It speaks to how his experience with Nazi death camps contributed to his spiritual survival. Yet, I do not know any one who would say the holocaust was a good thing (which was top of mind and heart as I wrote this blog, and we honored Holocaust Remembrance Day ♥)
From my perspective, people appear disconnected when they speak of the results of the election, and the division of our country, as a "good thing". I wonder if they are sharing this from a computer, in a comfortable home, in a safe neighborhood. If they are unaware of their privilege to wax philosophical as others suffer. They may not be, or may not see that they are, directly or indirectly affected by this loss of freedoms. To others who read, it may even appear elitist.
I am spiritual and understand the place of the trickster as catalyst to move us forward. Yet, for me, saying "a country divided is a good thing" is beyond this spirit. Beyond kind and compassionate.
My hope is that others will not use the pain and suffering of some to appear philosophical, capitalize on SEO, or be above it all. Not declare their position about how good this division may be, under the guise of being spiritual or an open-minded leader.
Let us show true compassion for those who do not have the luxury of perspective, because they are too busy bumping head on with the painful reality of losing freedoms, civil liberties and basic human rights.
As long as you keep it civilized, I am eager to read your reply. Mean or divisive comments will be omitted.