One-day Homage to Hatred

"Jewish Cemetery Bornkampsweg," by Dierk Haasis, via Flickr.com under Creative Commons License. "Jewish Cemetery Bornkampsweg," by Dierk Haasis, via Flickr.com under Creative Commons License.

There is an old cartoon where two vultures are sitting on a phone wire when one turns to the other and says: “To hell with patience, I’m going to kill something!”

This recent explosion of anti-Semitic activity, including the destruction of a Jewish cemetery right here in Philadelphia reminds me of that vulture. You see, as a psychologist and meditation teacher, I know that this situation requires compassion, understanding and education. I know that’s the only way to heal all of the “isms” that seem to be everywhere these days.

I know one day I will continue to advocate peaceful and relentless protest as an act of love for those who suffer. One day soon I will again teach kindness and help to develop the courage it takes to find compassion. One day soon that will happen

But today I will nurture my violent fantasies about those who practice hatred, those who preach hatred from the pulpit or from the oval office. I will nurture my anger at my Jewish friends who voted for this person in the White House. I think of them pulling the lever as I look at those desecrated tombstones with Jewish names on them.

Just for today, I will pay homage to my own hatred.

 

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