26. The Cancer of Trump

It’s Sunday, my day of reflection and spiritual peace. It’s also Yom Kippur, the time of atonement, and I find within myself something ugly growing. Trump has succeeded in making me hate him. Hate is something I refuse to engage in, and this has been my chosen practice for all of my adult life. Yet this man is so totally evil and soulless, and so constantly attacking every decent thing in my country and the world, always in the headlines destroying, destroying, destroying, our spirit of unity as a nation, and every ideal of democracy, decency, and honesty our country was founded upon, and always, before, has represented in the world. He carelessly and arrogantly commits acts no decent or sane person would ever do. My rage rises up against this monstrous being, and the damage he is eagerly doing to everyone and the planet, and the way that he takes pleasure and pride in it. That’s the hardest part to forgive.

I struggle with this. But when I meditate and pray about it, even though my heart is deeply troubled, the still-small-voice within assures me again, that we are all called to stand for something, and to protect what we know is right, in the face of what we know is wrong. Those are my thoughts today.

I am still the same compassionate person I have always been. I was a public servant (8 years in ALCO Fire Service) and a medical caregiver (20 years in E.R.) where I was able to have genuine compassion for some of the least-blessed and most-rejected forms of our human lives – alcoholics, heroin addicts, crack heads, wife-beaters, even a few murderers. But I cannot muster up any compassion for the vicious cruelty, hideous racism, and insatiable greed of Donald Trump, a reality no one in America can honestly sanely deny. When we have removed him from his illegal dictatorship and stopped his systematic destruction of my country and it’s decent hardworking people, then I will try again to forgive.

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