Charlottesville

20861785_10154657517205974_9197984636243243427_o.jpgA big bunch of cowards from Trump down to local pols and cops - let a torch-burning KKK and Nazis parade for the world. So public policy results in psychological cruelty to people for whom lynchings are fresh in mind. I'm thinking of African-American children most especially.

If we could surround the KKK with thousands of peaceful people - that seems ideal. But let's be realistic, there are some of us who will be suckered into the same violent self-righteous as the hard right we face. If we had the battle of Charlottesville in a hundred cities, that's not better.

We should go in the other direction. Much of the 36% of the country that still support Trump are just libertarians who watch too much TV. To quote Nelson Mandela, "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..." We need to engage with them. We need to learn to talk and listen with everyone we can, and find a way to reverse our fear of The Other. This would be those with different religions and skin color and cultures, but also other living beings of the Earth.

The Earth's crisis tells us that we can't waste time with unproductive anger. Not now. We need to self-cultivate a radical forgiveness that encourages the same in others. Learning to talk across class and race and gender lines, standing at a front door, with something better to offer than a Democratic candidate. Let's talk about saving each other. Let's talk survival. This is what the Earth is asking us to do with her fire and flood.