The unrestrained hatred and rage from the White House, especially from our president, has opened the floodgates. People of all political affiliations are finding themselves unleashed, speaking and posting in ways that should be deeply offensive to us all. Democrats tend to excuse Democrats and condemn Republicans for bad behavior; Republicans tend to excuse Republicans and condemn Democrats for bad behavior. My opinion: bad behavior is bad behavior, and should not be excused or tolerated by anyone. To take it one step further, remaining thoughtful and decent in the face of our president’s hatred and rage is actually a form of resistance.
First, middle, and last — we’re all human. We carry primitive pieces within our selves. Each of us holds a beast hiding deep in our core, ready to pounce. But being human also means we have the capacity to reroute the beast, channel our most primal instincts in directions that are not only acceptable, but also for the greater good.
Non-violent resistance means fighting with civility. If we’re fighting for decency, then we have to commit to decent values, reflected in our speech and behavior, both political and personal. When our president throws a tantrum, hurls an insult, aligns himself with a shamelessly awful act, it’s hard to resist the urge to fight fire with fire, tantrum with tantrum, rage with rage, hatred with hatred. The problem: choosing to respond in kind turns our president into a role model.
I never thought my country would be in this position, and resistance is vital. So step forward, stand firm, fight, resist. But don’t allow our president to pave the way for you to become your worst self. Taking another path is a powerful choice, an expression of patriotism — another form of resistance.
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Hollywood High: Achieve The Honorable
Caroline Black, 15 years old, leaves her wealthy prep school for her local high school, which opens her world. At Hollywood High, she finds a large immigrant population, over 40 native languages, gangs, and extreme violence targeting the gay students. Caroline thrives in the diversity of her new school and finds friends who work together to navigate their school’s challenges. She also discovers a gift within herself: the ability to help others discover their own inner strength.
Caroline Black, 10 years later, navigates her first year of training as a psych intern. Chapters in her treatment of a talented but troubled young man are interspersed with chapters of her own personal history. This book explores how the individual and community mutually influence each other, the healing power of relationships and the importance of becoming your own whole person.