Set Hate Aside, Embrace Love

I can no longer refrain from reacting to what is occurring all around us; and it no longer feels acceptable not to comment.

I am seeing a generalized, pervasive angst, along with significant anxiety and fear, in the people I treat and with whom I talk. It is coming, it seems, mostly from the constant bath of hatred and negativity that we are being exposed to every day.

Everywhere we turn, we hear about divisiveness, hatred and bigotry. We seem to be spending more time and energy than ever focusing on anger and hatred.

The level of violence that we are witnessing is staggering: and the sad fact is that we are beginning to become immune to news of more shooting episodes.

What is behind all this hatred? Why are we experiencing this now? I am not sure, but I do believe that it is part of a cycle; we are moving into a time of more globalization and connectivity with our electronics, among other things. And these factors have rendered us more connected with each other but also seem to be creating or enhancing a feeling of threat as well. We seem to be threatened by our differences, and we are digging in more deeply rather than joining together more.

But it is being enhanced by our politicians, our media and by ourselves. And it has to stop. We need to be clear that we can no longer tolerate the hatred.

Perhaps it is human nature: we do celebrate our heritages and often are proud of our cultures. In this county, we are all descended form immigrants, unless we are Native Americans. And while it can be wonderful to celebrate our individual heritages and traditions, there is no reason that we have to dis-allow others form celebrating theirs, or to hate them for their pride in their heritages. My heritage is Irish on both sides of my family, and I am proud of that heritage and feel connected to it. But that doesn’t mean that I need to be intolerant of someone else’s pride in their heritage.

The next part of the cycle, I believe, will be a coming together again

As people who share the same planet and who realize that we are each part of the global village, and that we can maintain our individual identities without having to having to deny our similarities and the absolute connectedness that we all share.

Tolerance of our differences requires a security in ourselves and an ability to see what I believe is the bigger picture of our humanity. I believe that the Divine that resides in each and every one of us will guide us, if we let it. There is no need to kill each other, to hate each other and to feature our differences. We are more similar than not, and we need each other to survive and even more, to thrive.

We need to focus on the love that connects us all; to remember that we are all connected, one to the other.

Love is what matters; it is, in the end, the only thing that matters. I learned that lesson personally, several years ago, when I lost my husband, Charles. As I watched him die and leave this physical life, it became clear to me that what matters is the love that we have shared. It is the only thing that matters; it is all that lasts.

We need to stop tolerating the hatred and the bigotry; we need to let our leaders know that it is not acceptable. We need to rise above it and claim the life that we choose; a life of connectedness and love.

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