(Editor’s note: I’m not including this article in my “Politics and the Human Spirit” series because the links at the end lean to the left (as I do), and I’m trying to keep the series objective and nonpartisan. — MM)
I woke up with a relaxed but strong gut feeling that we’re on the threshold of a new, noble age of American politics.
That’s a radical flip-flop for this gut of mine that’s been grinding over politics for the first 12 years of this new century… suddenly to find itself in a state of calm.
Why the change? It’s not just the election outcome last Tuesday (even though I tend toward the liberal side); it’s what I sense as an unraveling of the darkness that’s held US politics in its grip since the year 2000. What’s happening now is like the lancing of a festering wound to expel toxins and start healing. It’s a little painful for society at the moment, but things are going to get better.
Here’s the simple truth about politics (and every other facet of life everywhere):
Noble values spread peace and order in society, while savage values eventually unravel amid chaos and conflict.
Noble politics is the use of truth, honesty, and good will in the course of setting policies for society… and it leads to a brighter future.
Savage politics stirs fear and hatred through the use of lying, cheating, stealing, fear-mongering, war-mongering, character assassination, and other dark motivations.
So again, noble values in a political system generate peace and order, and savage motivations spin off into chaos and conflict.
The past decade of US politics has been unprecedented in its savagery, most people might agree.
Today, things are quickly unraveling among the most savage elements of American politics.
The fear and hatred stirred up among the public by the savage political forces is starting to ooze out. Wounds are being opened.
So, although we’re going through a troubled time here in the States, I have a feeling that the healing process has begun.