“I believe we will have better government when men and women discuss public issues together and make their decisions on the basis of their common concern for the welfare of their families and their world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, quoted in Science and Spirituality, page 144
The national election which is unfolding in our midst comes at a very crucial time both in our country and around the world. We need as our next president a person who has a unifying presence and a steady hand to cope with the many divisive forces at work in our country and throughout the planet. We also need to have someone who can support the moral and spiritual values that are essential for the preservation and development of what makes this country outstanding and able to provide some capable leadership for the world at large.
It is not my concern to say who we should vote for, but I do feel called upon to focus our attention on the basics that matter in our carrying forth the spirit of democracy. Abraham Lincoln spoke about that spirit as “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”, and that it “should not perish from the earth”. First of all, we need to pay attention to the political process and make sure that we are choosing the person who will be our best representative of the democratic spirit. We need the largest possible participation in the voting on election day, and it needs to be by those who really have considered carefully what the results should be.
The spirit of mutual respect and concern which is arising in the interfaith movement gives a good indication as to the attitude that is needed as well in the political process. Instead of criticizing each other, we are better off to focus on what each candidate has to offer and make sure that everyone has a chance to understand the real essence of what each candidate stands for. In that way we will have a much better chance of choosing well between the various candidates that are running.
It is also important that we continue those areas that are working, as well as changing those which either are not working or are in need of improvement. Each administration will have something new to offer, but there needs to be as much continuity as possible.
This past Tuesday was “super Tuesday”, which is when a number of states vote simultaneously. And many more state primaries and caucuses follow. It will have a very important impact on the final outcome of the election. It is important, therefore, that each of us pay close attention to what is happening, even though Californians, where I am, will not vote until June. May the results bring great promise for the next four years and beyond!
Spirit is One; paths are many!!!