Thank you, Donald

There are many fears, on all sides, that have come to the surface. For this, Donald Trump has done us a favor that we can receive with gratitude (but “thanks” is not a vote). Hearts and minds can remain entrenched in narrow hateful thinking if left alone. But when things get stirred up, when the fears …

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Love is… being *for* each other… with love that understands

In the contested 1924 Democratic National Convention, the deadlock was reported to be because   “Everybody was against somebody or some place, but not enough people were for anybody or any place.” It may be considered good that the main conflict that year,  KKK influence, ended up being decided with a rejection of the Klan. …

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Hating the haters?

It is sad to hear news reports of protesters and Trump supporters clashing in Chicago. News for everyone, “great” people do not participate in fist fights.   “Professional” people do not start attacks. “These people” are not destroying the country, and “those people” are not making the country great. We are arbitrarily diving people into …

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We practice…

From Twitter: It’s because of love that we practice. — Thich Nhat Hanh (@thichnhathanh) March 11, 2016

Annoy with love

It would seem that loving someone who thinks ill of you would make it harder for them to see you as opposition… maybe? There are lots of other reasons to love someone, and we should not strive to annoy anyone, but if they do get annoyed???

Hatred and lack of understanding start at the same point

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” €• John Steinbeck Steinbeck is perhaps guilty of sexist language, or is acknowledging that hate and lack of understanding is more commonly found among men.

“Hate the sin” is just hate!!

Sometimes a seemingly good idea doesn’t stand up well under greater scrutiny. Sometimes people are not quite as admirable as they seem. This quote originates from Gandhi, who himself had some serious flaws*, so we are only dealing with this idea from him, which is often misconstrued. “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” This is …

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