“to everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” (pete seeger) this – this time – must be the time for anger. it’s bracing. and it’s everywhere. i have a hard time validating anger as a choice over a steadfast temperament, especially when it comes to leadership. i have a hard time watching poisonous blaming where blame does not lie. i have little to no patience for those who justify their angry words or actions with falsehoods or the power of their position. i have no respect for those who point vindictively accusatory wagging fingers at people who are doing jobs for which they are qualified and to which they are committed. people are riled up and it’s not getting any better.
“anger is a selling point among many voters as it’s a proxy for passion and strength…” (nicole hemmer) it’s bracing. if you happen to be among the millions of people who use social media you might find yourself astonished a time or two. without remorse or regret, posts will wreak havoc on your fact-checking, source-seeking self. the information posted is mind-boggling. the anger clearly behind the posts is jaw-droppingly stunning.
but i suppose that’s the point. in the absence of a calm, informed, articulate, well-meaning leader who is anchored to the core values of our country, not to mention the core values of human-kind, all hell is bound to break loose. and it has. our communities, our country, our world – all are observing as anger runs for president. and now anyone who has been angry has a choice.
do you choose anger? or are you mistaking that for passion? do you choose anger? or are you mistaking that for strength? for they are not the same. dare to parse out the difference; dare to question the intention.
“to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season…a time to gain, a time to lose…” there is much to be lost. starting with both the humility and pride of a country designed as an experiment of democracy, a melting-pot-welcoming all, a place of peace for its citizens, a land of the free and home of the brave that takes care of its inhabitants, be they women or men, creature or flora.
there is much to gain. starting with both the humility and pride of a country that can favor inclusive equality and fairness over discrimination, intelligent decision-making over agenda-riddled punting, wholehearted responsibility over retribution-acts, unshakeable virtue over a lack of ethics, reassuring integrity over molten anger.
“to everything there is a season…”