I’m Gloating This Morning….

…but only a little!  Yes, it is always ego rewarding to to have your side in an argument prevail as happened yesterday when the Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare.  And that childish impulse to gloat is okay as it is a very human impulse to want to have “my pony win the race.”  But it is imperative when we have the pleasure of gloating like this that we keep in mind there is more on the table than our childish pleasure of the moment.  If we have the courage…and Grace…to exercise critical thinking we will have the insight that, “Yes, this is fun to be on the winning side but let’s lay aside the self-indulgent, childish pleasure and bring our attention to focus on the common good.”

It is critical thinking that is so conspicuously lacking with the Republican Party currently, most glaringly illustrated in their spokesman, Trump.  Critical thinking involves entertaining multiple perspectives on an issue at the same time, even perspectives which are directly contradictory.  But the Republicans are dominated now by people who worship the beast “certainty” and cannot handle internal contradiction.  That would reduce them to being mere humans like the rest of us, wrestling with the incredible challenges of being mortal humans and trying to live in harmony with each other and with this beautiful world.  But if one is ensconced in rigid certainty, the disillusionment of humility is gut-wrenching.  ‘Tis easier to merely “cling to these ills that we have, then fly to others that we know not of.” (Shakespeare)

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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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