“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only Love can do that.” – MLK, Jr.
Everyone loves to quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it is a whole other thing to actually embody his message. Never has this been more evident than during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and its recent aftermath.
When it comes to President-elect Donald Trump, it can seem as if everything we’ve ever learned about showing love, kindness and respect to our fellow man somehow just flies out the window.
We act like not stabbing the guy dead and stomping his face into a bloody pulp means we don’t really hate him – and that our restraint justifies the cruel and endless jibes about his views, his hair, the color of his skin and the size of his body parts.
All of which are some of the very same ugly things we have accused him of doing… to other people. It is a public mirror of such a grand scale that more than half of the world seems to be caught up in it.
A Sad, Scared Little Boy
Yet inside of this man that half of America is jumping for joy to publicly trash, there lives a sad, scared little boy who desperately needs your compassion.
How do I know he’s actually a sad, scared little boy? It’s simple; just look at his behavior. People who bully others are a product of bullying – they are actually very insecure; they feel small, unsafe and often powerless… which is why they constantly need to attempt to act big, scary and ruthless in order to feel better about themselves.
Children Who Have Been Bullied Often Don’t Mature
And, because they have been terrified as a small child, they often fail to mature normally – in other words, most people who bully others are still just children themselves on the emotional level, no matter how developed their physical body looks or how sharp their mental wit may seem. This is why we see behaviors like making fun of a disabled reporter, tweeting insults or bragging about sexual prowess – this is very young behavior.
So, I ask you to consider the idea that this man is really just a child in a man-body… This little boy has now been called more vile names – in print, on social media, on national television, on morning shows and late-night comedy shows – than Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Attila the Hun all put together. And there seems to be no end in sight.
Thank God We’re Already Forgiven
Thank God we’re already forgiven, because this year – 2016 – will go down in history as that year where normally kind, loving, rational, upstanding, spiritually-grounded American citizens devolved into what looked like a bunch of second-graders name-calling on the playground.
If you have been momentarily caught up in the Donald-bashing, apply some compassionate self-forgiveness and set an intention to embody a higher, less-conditional level of Loving toward all of your fellow human beings – beginning with our President-elect. Become the change, become the way. Because if you cannot model Loving for the children, who will?
Today’s homework: Cut out a picture of Donald Trump, place it lovingly in a frame and put it on your shelf, nightstand, mantle or altar. Send him Love and compassion – everyday – as if he were your small child.
If the idea of doing this makes you feel ill, that’s great! That’s simply inner confirmation how off-course you’ve gotten regarding the idea of holding compassion for all of humanity. All the more reason to get started ASAP.
Many Blessings of Joy and Vibrant Freedom,
P.S. ~ This is some tough spiritual homework; if you blow it in the beginning, forgive yourself by applying lots of compassion and simply keep setting a new intention each morning to model Loving kindness… no matter what. The good news is that you may have four whole years to practice.
P.P.S. ~ Don’t think this means that I want you to support irrational behavior or policies! It is very important to be firm when setting boundaries with a bully – you can simply remain Loving while setting firm, clear boundaries.