So how can we think (and speak) about politics and politicians in a healthy and productive way?
Many years ago, during an election season, a neighbor invited me to a meeting in support of a local man running for State office.
I don’t recall how we got into it, but we were apparently on opposite wave lengths, politically speaking. I said something she didn’t like and she became very angry. In fact, she stomped out of my kitchen and slammed the door on her way out of the house.
My heart sank. I loved my neighbor. She was a good friend. I couldn’t have her leave so angry. So I ran out after her, threw my arms around her, and said, “Our friendship is worth more than a political point of view!” Her anger stopped cold. She hugged me back. And that was the end of it.
Although women did not yet have the right to vote, in reply to a number of requests for an expression of her political views, Mary Baker Eddy was quoted in the Boston Post, “I am asked, ‘What are your politics?’ I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government, to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.”
She also believed that people who were entitled to do so should vote, and that “in such matters no one should seek to dictate the action of others.” (Boston Post, November, 1908.)
Imagine if we were all to follow that inspired example, what a difference it could make.