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“Hate cannot drive out Hate: only love can do that,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I am reluctant to post this. We all have opinions based on morals, motivations, and our own influences. However, smugness, fear, contentment, and unrest fight to coexist in our current political environment. While I do believe the office is bigger than the man, I cannot deny my own trepidation. The highly publicized fear of my fellow countrymen InstagramCapture_cb691c1f-b0d6-4bca-a6f5-c83aeaea3d50mixed with others who feel vindicated and satisfied with the newly sworn in President of the United States, Donald Trump.

As such, I’ve largely stayed away from Facebook and Twitter. I’ve even thrown myself into my reading instead of writing on my blog. Looking for solace, reflection, and time with my family. However, I began to dip my toe back into social media, I saw a beautiful image of friends who posted an image standing in solidarity with refugees.

As a Jewish family arriving in the United States in the early twentieth century, I was eager to read the responses to the image. A beautiful family who rally around everyone in their communities, they always provide a source of calm amidst the storm. As I paged through the comments, this one stuck out:

“The world was a world of difference in 1910. People came, glad they did, for what America was. A land of opportunity where hard work got you what you wanted not welfare programs. They assimilated to the laws and ways of this country without losing their identity. That’s what America was and should be. The world today is all about tearing down what others have because you have not. I believe today’s day and age must have tighter controls. Not exclusion but tighter controls to ensure safety. Unfortunately the liberal approach to everything, everyone is right all the time and there should be no rules has caused the {pendulum} to swing hard to the other side before it can balance in the middle.”

This man’s family fled the religious persecution of Jews in Europe in the early twentieth century. My response on my this thread, though I don’t personally know the above author, is as follows:

“{authors name above} your last line is the sentiment I hear repeated from people repeatedly who do not identify as liberal – from right-wingers to centrists…”Unfortunately the liberal approach to everything, everyone is right all the time and there should be no rules has caused the {pendulum} to swing hard to the other side before it can balance in the middle.” This is the sentiment of the majority of the country outside of the east and west coast. While we may not all agree, opening our hearts and our minds to listen and find middle ground…where we all feel safe and accepted…is proving to be the most difficult part of this democratic society. Personally, I am deep into rereading historical fiction and nonfiction searching for answers for today from what has happened in our past. Titles include ‘Beloved’, ‘Song of Solomon’ {Toni Morrison} and my current read ‘The Night Trilogy’ {Elie Wiesel} …. and many more I’ve got cued up. Through it all, I know that love must prevail for our nation to come together…which includes both sides of the aisle, the people we don’t agree with. I am powerfully moved by a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Darkness cannot drive out Darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out Hate: only love can do that.”

My thoughts?

Trump was not my choice for president. The Electoral College in Washington State did not reflect my choice presidential candidate. I think for most people, this election cycle was a mix of compromises and difficult choices: there was no clear ‘best’ candidate.

As social media scrutiny increases, politicians become chameleons attempting to please all audiences. When we see a candidate who is by the people and for the people, yet cannot get a major political party to back them due to insider favors and a select few, the public is suspicious.Voters don’t want a candidate shoved down their proverbial throats by elitists. Voters would like to think they actually have a say in the matter of choosing their own presidential candidates.

I think this message is slowly penetrating….not only the population, but even, perhaps, the establishment.

As we show our disgust, support, distress, and solidarity as a nation, I continue to look for a way to mend fences. I am looking for a way where people can find threads of similarity.

Build on hope

Build on trust

Build to the future

Searching in my own heart for ways to spread love….

@Bikurgurl_watermark

5 thoughts on ““Hate cannot drive out Hate: only love can do that,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. A truly beautiful perspective on the ugliness that is America right now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and speaking out. I understand the initial worry; fearing for one’s safety is too real a thing now, unfortunately.

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