In my neck of the woods, the Democratic races and liberal issues carried the election by narrow margins. Washington state’s electoral votes went to Mr. Obama and we elected a Democratic governor. But in both cases, when you look at the statistics by county, it is clear to see that it was not at all a state mandate. I look at this and feel the division. I wonder what there is to learn, to take away from this experience.
What comes to my heart about it is that we can’t simply write-off, discount, ignore or label people who have a different point of view than we do. If we don’t like what we see in others, the first thing to do is to look inside and see where we find the same thing in our selves. We need to work to clean our own ignorance, prejudices and illusions.
Secondly, it is a time to put our faith into action by carrying the message of love and mercy. It is a time to look at others, not as “other,” but as people who have hearts and thought and beliefs, just like me. I am reminded of this beautiful poem by Rumi –
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.