I don’t make public political statements – I am not an expert in politics and I know I cannot influence anyone else’s opinion. But I am an expert in psychology and culture and so I have some observations to make in those areas…
I want you to stop and think a little differently about what you see happening in American culture today. And then to take some personal action. Any action.
When I look at someone’s qualifications to be President of the United States, the first and most important qualities I look at are their character and their leadership abilities.
Not their political party. Not their promises. Not their stated agenda for the country.
There is nothing more important than character in an office where the person’s actions determine the fate of millions and have an immense impact around the world. Nothing.
What type of person do you want as your President?
Spending your money?
Protecting the safety of your children or grandchildren?
And wielding the greatest power on earth?
Here’s what I want and have wanted for decades in MY President:
- A person who will put the welfare of our nation before his or her own welfare or personal preferences.
- A person who will surround him or herself with outstanding advisors from a wide range of interests.
- A person who will make decisions in a calm, reasoned, non-reactionary way.
- A person who understands the importance of “the least of us”.
- A person who can inspire and transform others rather than control or manipulate them.
Have you thought about the character of the person you want in the Oval Office? Ignoring matters of character will not get you what you hope for, no matter what that is.
No, I am NOT writing about a particular person. I see problems of character in more than one person who is running for President. Do you? Have you looked?
American culture is struggling with some important questions right now. The questions are not about guns or terrorism or poverty. No, you have to go to a higher level of thinking to understand the real issues.
The real struggles are about ethics. What is right and what is wrong? What does it mean to be a responsible person in this day and age? Do I make my decisions solely based on fear or do I step up and become courageous, willing to face more options? (You may have noticed the current comparisons of the American culture to that of pre-Nazi Germany. Psychologically, the similarities are noteworthy.)
And the right questions to ask are not “What is right for us?” and “How do we become courageous?” The questions are about you personally. Nothing happens for the group, for the culture as a whole, until it happens for the individual.
I am talking to you personally. Not you as part of a group.
Because until you ask yourself the right questions, and answer them thoughtfully and deeply, followed by putting your answers into action, our culture will continue to move towards chaos and rigidity.
Until you learn that the only answer that takes you where you say you want to go:
- To freedom,
- To joy in your life,
- To having enough,
- To being secure…
The only answer that takes you there, is the answer that says you will look carefully at character, at courage and at right and wrong and make your decisions based on wisdom, facts, emotions and reason. Don’t be fooled into making decisions based on just part of that mix.