To add yet another opinion on what is transpiring in our political spectrum would be as uncomfortable and unhealthy as overeating followed by heartburn and nausea. I don’t dare follow Facebook or read any political commentary unless I feel up to it. I compare this indulgence in the maelstrom of talking heads to an exhausted runner who has one mile to go. In the morning after I’ve meditated, I find that I have the detachment necessary not to get hooked in for more than twenty minutes perusing the few media sites for the news that may have happened while I slept.
Recently, I read an interesting piece authored by the researcher; George Lakoff titled; “Understanding Trump.” It’s quite brilliant, almost like an anthropologist sifting through the ruins of civilizations. It runs on quite long but is very succinct. What I understood, in summary, was that all of our political languages have their beginnings based on the opening line; “From our Founding Fathers.” From the Constitution, and our Bill of Rights to the parental stereotypes of the stoic, hard, and all wise Patriarch father figure. I would not hesitate to take this archetype further back to all of the world’s religions. You guessed it. Who founded all of these religions; men, some highly evolved, but still men.
So now America is faced with shattering that paradigm by nominating a woman to the highest political office in the land, and many people are going mad. Think about it; many other nations have had females in positions of power; Indira Gandhi of India, Margaret Thatcher and now Theresa May in England, and not to forget Angel Merkel of Germany. It all seems very normal, very democratic until it hit our shores. Now this radical idea has finally taken hold here with Hilary Clinton the favorite to win the next presidency.
For a moment, just look at what past president did with that power; wars under false pretenses, dismantling of trade restrictions, closing mental hospitals which caused the uptick of homelessness and didn’t forget lower taxes for the one percent of the population. We all have our score cards and most of us, our long-term memories.
Everyone needs to calm down and allow this hardwired belief in the all-powerful Patriarch to be turned off. Let the women rule. They can’t do any worse than the men (And that’s a lot of men,).
I, for one, am very excited that we have finally stepped into the 21st century. It looks as though we will finally have what is known as a balance of power, or in the least depending on Congress, a share in it.
John Shinavier, MA, RYT, Life Coach, is not a political pundit. He just reads everything!