I was reading an article in a political journal recently that asked a significant question for the United States. The question was, “Is politics moving in the wrong direction?” The question reminded me of an old Yogi Berra quotation. “We’re lost, but we’re making good time”.
If we are indeed lost in the present political milieu, are we as a people still making progress just because we are making good time as the result of social media, 24-hour news cycles and constant and repetitive updates on television and radio, which tell us nothing, but pretend that everything is urgent.
Our presidential race is viewed as a horse race and the story has become the race and not the issues. What is more; the major party presumptive nominees for president have the lowest positive perception of any candidates in recent memory even within their own parties.
Speaking of perception, polls taken by a number of groups such as the Pew Research Council indicate that people believe we are more divided along racial than at any time since 1966, especially after the events of the last few days in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas. And here is where we find ourselves at the intersection of faith and the public square.
Is it a concern for people of faith that we are perceived to be a nation divided and headed in the wrong direction in terms of our relationships with each other? It is for a number of reasons, but chief among those reasons is that we are all connected. The Dalai Lama has said this over and over again.
When we do not recognize this or deny it, we abrogate the Creator’s intent. And, when it comes to “intelligent design”, it is our design to be connected. Our design has little to do with evolution, but everything to do with our nature as the children of the Transcendent One. Here is religion’s milieu, our place within the family of God. When we start to talk about relationships among people of disparate ethnic and racial groups, that is where faithful people can begin.
In terms of our partisan political atmosphere, we can ask a question before engaging in any discussion, which is, “How does this further our connections as children of the Transcendent One?”
Whatever name we call G_d, our connections will direct our politics and our relationships with each other, whether we are Republicans or Democrats or independents.
But, what do you think?