Wednesday, March 7, 2018

#66 Stranger And Stranger

On February 21, 2018, Vice Media ran a long article by Jorge Ramos, excerpted from his recent book, the cover of which is shown above. 

Ramos' article was titled, "My Confrontation with Trump Made Me Feel Like a Stranger in My Own Country." The article focused, more than anything else, on the hatred that Ramos experienced at one of candidate Trump's press conferences, held in Dubuque, Iowa, on August 26, 2015.

Ramos' article is a measured and thoughtful reflection on how hatred is proliferating within our politics. It is well worth reading. 

Opposed to a politics of hatred comes Valarie Kaur with her call for "Revolutionary Love." The video you can see by clicking the link just provided, or the video that is linked below, recommend an alternative to our president's invitation to make hatred central, and thus to turn the whole world into strangers, for that is what we do as we begin to believe that everyone who is different, or who thinks differently from us, is not only a stranger, but an enemy.

Meeting hatred with an equal (or even greater) hatred, with a resistance built on hate, will plunge us into a political world of darkness and despair. Things will be stranger and stranger as the whole world comes to hate. 

It is wise to consider what hatred brings. Valarie Kaur has the better proposition:

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