A follow-up to yesterday’s post, this powerfully direct statement by Eugene Robinson is a plea for all of us to stand up to the intentional destruction of common decency that the election of the #BLOTUS represents. The open misogyny, ugliness, and vindictive behavior of those in power should never be normalized.
No person, especially the President of the United States, deserves respect when basic human decency seems to be a foreign concept to them. Leadership requires far more than wealth and power.
When children act inappropriately we are quick to teach them how to behave properly. Isn’t it time we do the same with the leader of the free world?
Nominating Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education is putting the
bear fox in the henhouse. BLOTUS is already attacking every major gain we have made as a nation, not just dismantling public education, but in every other arena, as well.
Jesus taught that where our treasure is, there will be our heart, also. If we agree with the great Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, our hearts are surely in a good place. Our world would be a far kinder and much more gentle place if we would demonstrate our wealth in these treasures.
My first thought when I saw these two quotes was that children are the great imitators. They learn by watching.
My second thought was the quote, “Actions speak louder than words.” We live in a society saturated with violence, both real and artificially created for our entertainment. Our children are not just exposed to this violence, they are submerged in it.
We glorify power and vengeance and then act surprised when our children imitate our values. Maybe when we come to the place where we stop giving lip service to the idea of peace and actually become peacemakers we will have children that live peaceably, as well.
Until then we need to accept the fact that our children are learning by watching us. We are the ones teaching our children that violence is not only acceptable but a good and natural way to live.