I was listening to Unity.fm (Unity.fm is a online streaming radio of the Unity New Thought organization) tonight and there was a discussion about the book: Living Originally: Ten Spiritual Practices to Transform Your Life
What caught my attention was the subject matter of discussion of Politics. When I was a child, my father was a Pentecostal minister with the Assembles of God church. He rare, if ever, discussed politics from the pulpit. I have no recollection of him doing so. My mother, however, was a different story. She was very concerned with politics.
Over the past 10 years or so, my parents have become increasingly more political. More concerned with politics. It started to become a real issue with me. So I took a deep interest in what this radio broadcast would say about it.
What they said was simple… avoid it. There’s no point in getting into politics as it leaves one person upset with another person’s gain. That’s not compassion. Often times political people look upon their opponents as “stupid,” or “ignorant,” or some other derogatory construct. These of course lack compassion. They lack love.
The program went deeper on a variety of topics on communication, but in regards to politics, I think it’s a healthy reminder that we should be mindful of what we say to others.
In Buddhism they teach that we should be considerate and watch our actions of Body, Speech or Mind.
With this frame of reference we have a clear direction in the subject of political chatter… Whatever we chat about should be in compassion, and avoid any harm of speech. We can’t look down on the other. They may be coming at the realm of politics from a perspective of Lack, Fear, Worry, Doubt. It could be from a perspective of Hate and Anger.
But we must be compassionate to all – each is coming to truth from their own perspective.