The Religiosity and Spirituality of Politics

Oh yes I did…bring up the two most controversial topics in one blog post.

The way we perform politics is much like the expression of religious dogma. We rigidly control and divide based on what we claim to be the ‘truth.’ Wouldn’t it be cool if we let go of our beliefs, all of us, and performed politics with a sense of awe, wonder, openness, and mystery in search of universal wisdom?

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2 thoughts on “The Religiosity and Spirituality of Politics

  1. This is a difficult question. For some of us our political points of view are a result of the awareness of the history of our government’s actions against the powerless both domestically and internationally. As many people are not aware of this history which includes unbelievable violence (slavery, labor movement civil rights movement, anti-war movement support for El Salvador and a lot more beginning with the first European “discovery” of this land) they believe that we live in a democracy it becomes difficult to converse when knowledge is not equal. I don’t feel that I am dogmatic, but I feel a kind of despair sometimes. This can make me silent because it’s hard to express the almost newsreel images I have in my head of the beatings, lynchings, rapes, mutilations supported with our tax dollars in country after country including our own. I don’t want to be a big downer, or be contemptuous or rant. Everyone has to discover for themselves what Thomas Wolfe did in “You Can’t Go Home Again”: After experiencing the pre war fascism in Germany, he said something like: another layer has been peeled from the gauzes of the seeing eye and what the eye has seen it will never again forget or be blind to. There’s a skill involved in teaching -bringing people forward to understand the past while meeting them where they are. It’s a rare gift to be able to do that.

    • It is hard for me too, very hard, but I try to be aware of my own standpoint, to extend compassion toward others, and to think proactively and pragmatically about the future. But yes, I totally understand the emotional, historically- and experientially-rooted response and how difficult it is to move past that especially when communicating with someone who is not as aware, compassionate, and proactive.

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