Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A tale of two rights of choice

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. Thank you, Mr. Dickens, for the paraphrase. It seems there are some sensible members of Congress who have stepped up and said, “hold on, no vote on the health care bill until there are some changes.”

Bravo to them and woe to us. The proverbial question is why can’t a representative government come up with a plan that is fair to all citizens. The answer for me is that when you are locked into a political ideology where your absolute is the only “right,” then you are obstructing the innate fairness of democracy.

I keep reminding Congress that democracy is compromise, along with its sub-categories of civility, and compassion. Democracy is balancing need and want. Democracy knows that the majority is not always right, but acknowledges the self-righting process of life and living and believing the internal guidance of spirit will eventually correct any wrong. History has proven that time and time again.

Most of us forget that real “life and living” is apolitical. “life and living” involve neighbors and friends and family, all of whom want the comforts of life and some of whom need help getting there. That is what compassion is. That is what all religions teach and what few followers grasp as a daily ethic.

If we can forget and forgive the dogmas of the world for just a moment, we will transcend our consciousness into the grace of the heart. Once there no lack is unmet.

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