How To Reach Family And Friends Across The Political Divide

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In a politically divided time, the love that unites you and your spouse, family, friends, and all those dear to you, has taken a hit. How do you reach them across the political divide?

 

Defied by the feebleness of indifference and hate, both of which build nothing, destroy everything, and divide everyone, you can see the universal unifying power of love in the 13.8 billion years of holding the universe together.

 

Within the universe, love’s power inspires cosmic differences, lethal to you and me, to unite, work together, and become something more than the destructive difference between up and down, black and white, or right and left.

 

How do you reach someone across the political divide?

Even as the universe undergoes internal divisions, love recombines the divided into galaxies, solar systems, planet Earth, and all its biological life, including you, me, and all of humanity, and guides all in their journey of learning how to work together.

 

Throughout the life of the universe, love has begotten learning how to love more.

 

Standing at the crossroads of love, hate, and indifference, all eyes are on us to see if we’ll figure out how to work together and build a better love or if we’ll squander the eons of love that have gone into our emergence.

 

Unlearning love: political divisiveness.

Learning how to love is the only antidote to the learned divisiveness of indifference and hate. The burden of learning is on us as we strive to keep love’s united winning streak alive.

 

Beliefs hold our lives together, influence how we live, and spare us from drowning in the maddening realization that our existence is but a drop in the vast ocean of time.

 

Beliefs assuage our distress from the mortifying awareness that for eons, our universe was happening without us and nobody missed us, and, after we are gone, the universe will continue without us.

 

Beliefs are knowledge and thus power. Beliefs comfort us from the frustration of not knowing the sensual pleasures of imagined events (e.g., the beginning of the universe) that are beyond the reach of our senses.

 

Sometimes, the knowledge associated with our beliefs is derived by rigorous scientific investigative methods. Other times, we accept beliefs at face value because they are taught to us by people we revere — parents, educators, peers, or celebrities).

 

The strength of our convictions makes it painful for us to acknowledge the possibility that our beliefs could be wrong.

 

Yet, this doesn’t mean we should abandon our beliefs but rather develop a respect for the uniting power of our beliefs and the beliefs of others, and thereby cultivate a belief in the unity of humanity.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Stephen Almada 

Health Psychologist

salmada@hsichicago.org