The Presidential Election of 2016 will go down as one of the most contentious in modern history. I’ve heard enough vitriol on both sides of the aisle to last a lifetime.
This post is not aimed at either political party; it applies to all of us. Whatever you accuse somebody else of doing, you are doing it yourself to them. Let me give you some examples (using both parties to illustrate this because it really is an issue with all of us):
“People who voted for Donald Trump are bigots.”
The definition of a bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions. So if you are calling all Trump supporters bigots, you are being a bigot yourself. You may feel justified in doing this, but it doesn’t make you any less of a bigot.
“People who are protesting the President-elect need to let it go. The fact is he won. Get over it.”
The fact is, people are protesting. And you can’t do anything about that. So you are the one not getting over the fact that people are protesting. You want others to get over things they have no control over but you’re not willing to do that yourself.
Do you see how accusing somebody of something actually shows that you are guilty of the same thing? In that way, we are literally mirrors of each other.
Anything that makes you angry or combative is simply informing you about an area of your life that needs to be healed. I invite you, when you are accusing people of doing something, to consider in what ways you are doing the very thing you accuse them of.
That type of inquiry has helped me following the election. I hope it will help you.