Bet there are some of you who would never
believe this, BUT
I DO NOT HATE Trump—
In fact, in some ways, I appreciate that he has exposed many things about people I “thought” I knew. Some people have made statements that I would never have expected to hear from them reflecting opinions I would never have believed they held in their hearts and minds.
SAD, yes, but he has also caused me to review my own opinions and question the validity of my beliefs asking myself if I know why I believe what I believe and confront myself with the hardest question of all: do I live what I say I believe?
Please allow me to be clear about what I have discovered about ME . . .
1 • I do not like or agree with any policy, action, or statement that I view as being against the “common good” to increase the wealth of those pursuing profit, either material goods or power.
2 • I object to rude, insulting behavior that demeans and/or
degrades any human being or class of human beings.
3 • I speak against any policy that rewards the rich by penalizing the poor no matter how they try to sell it or what it is called.
4 • I detest within myself or anyone else displays of selfishness or judgmentalism.
5 • I cannot tolerate half-truths, untruths, outright lies, or uncorrected inaccurate statements put forth as fact—repeating it and sharing it does not make it true (see “gossip”).
6 • I am amazed at the number of people who state “as fact” things they cannot possibly know because they are not personally involved in the situation they claim to declare “facts” about – they do not personally know anyone involved, and,
therefore – they should be making their statements as expressions of “opinions.”
7 • I was raised to act and speak respectfully to everyone, from the “lowest” to the highest,” and to never use harsh language or insults when communicating with another human being.
8 • Good manners and common courtesy should be required of everyone, NO exceptions! If you don’t know the standards for a particular event, ask someone who does!
9 • A lack of compassion for others is not acceptable; the “haves” should never look down on the “have nots” and should share what they have—violence is never justifiable by anyone.
10 • Guidelines for appropriate behavior: the “golden rule”—do unto others as you would have them do unto you—AND—before you judge another, walk a mile inhis/her shoes.