“I think we’re going to be OK.” President Barack Obama.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama
Actions speak louder than words, and listening involves not only the five senses, but the sixth one too — intuition.
I listened to Standing Rock, and what I heard is love of the earth and so much more.
I listened to Senator Bernie Sanders and voted for him in the Democratic primary, because he has integrity, has the ability to imagine humanistic solutions and realize them, and knows how to compromise. He shows respect for his fellow Senators and Congressmen. He shows respect for everyone.
I voted for Hilary Clinton in the general election, because I think she is sane. And compassionate. I had many reservations though… the Wall Street speeches, the Clinton Foundation (couldn’t they have fund raised for other foundations), that Glass-Steagell disappeared under her husband’s watch, which led to the Great Recession, that her husband never owned his mistreatment of women…
Every time I listen to President-elect Donald Trump or hear of his Cabinet choices, my chest tightens, my heart beats rapidly, and I imagine more and more working poor, more real jobs being outsourced, more beneath-subsistence jobs created in the U.S. (who needs slavery when you can work for Wal-Mart), more denial in regards to climate change and environmental abuse (lead-poisoned and lung-damaged children for example), civil rights abuses, and even worse outcomes….
I pray to keep hearing President Obama’s words and those of my favorite president…
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt