Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a video of visitors to the United States Congress mocking an honorable Hindu cleric who was trying to open the day's session with a prayer. They yelled out words like "Jesus is the only true God" and did not let him offer his words.
My friend and I agreed the only valid response to such atrocious rudeness and intolerant ignorance is to just laugh at them. (and the good news is I hear that the disruptors were arrested.)
Last night I had a series of very anger-inducing dreams, where people I know in my life, religious Christians, were not tolerant of me, and I finally woke up in a mass of anger and a nasty headache.
So I am here at the computer, ruminating on the state of things.
Ignorance, anger, intolerance, the world seems to have so much of this, and if I focus on it, I also become angry and intolerant of the intolerance.
So I am trying, using my journal, using my art, using my laughter and open heart, to just transmute this anger into acceptance and love.
Love for even the intolerant believers. Not love for their actions or attitudes, but love for them as people.
Open mindedness to new cultures and interest in others cultural realities helps me with this.
In the last 24 hours I have had visits here from Ukraine, Canada, Australia, Germany, Greece, the U.K., Spain, the Netherlands and the U.S. We all are in this together, are we not?
and here, each looking at our own little computer screens, we can agree to create a world of tolerance and love for all. We can learn to enjoy and celebrate what makes us individuals, while embracing that we truly all are ONE.
Namaste, the Holy in me greets the Holy in you -- to all my readers, let your journal help you process these difficulties, the intolerant and angry people in the world won't win, I am sure.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always." --Mahatma Gandhi