Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Of Politic and Love
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Politics and Governing
Yahoo! We are talking politics and love in the same sentence. That is just great. I love politics. It is frequently the spice of life. It gives rise to countless opportunities of love. Go check it out. Politics are the interactions for the governance of an area. So check this out. I have a house and yard actually quite a nice area. And politic is likewise; prudent, judicious and sensible. Amazing that we see these words and we see red. Blood boils and a hate or an apathy arises within us. What fertile landscape that is to love.
So many folks look for peace, harmony and good friends for love. How easy is that? But our buddy Jesus got in and up in our mankind faces and told us loving those you love you is just too easy. You have got to step up and love your enemy. So sorry to say it but “I ain’t got no enemies”. Yes I stand for things other people do not like. Boy you should know how many Christians really do think I am the devil because of my beliefs. And load up the bus with atheists who think I should be lynched for my woo woo thinking and feeling.
But they run into a problem in the area of my governance. I don’t hate back. I cannot declare them the enemy of my state, or state of mind or state of love. Oh I used to in spades, but not now. Mellowed with age might apply.
Check out this definition of politics “the academic study of government and the state”. So like faith, we do the love thing and we do the study deal. Politics is really not what you see that is reported in the news. And politics is not arguing in the kitchen or online. Neither of those have anything to do with actual politics. Perhaps and only perhaps voting is a part of politics in a democracy. But like most democracies they are representative democracies. So really the vote is just a means of picking who will govern not governing per se. The area of the kitchen table in my area is a direct democracy. Yes sometimes I would like it to be a dictatorship with me as the dictator ;-)
So we have a stage set up where love can be practiced with our political enemies from home to nation. And a stage set up about governing our own area. Let us check this out.
Perhaps There Can Be No Benevolent Democracy Without Love
Hard Climbing Cannot Be Done Alone
Departmental Home Governance
All governance should be with the consent of the governed. My wife and I seldom compromise. One of our opinions or directives wins the battle. And usually when this is so, the loser gets a bonus somewhere in the future. “OK we will do it your way but….”. Funny but doesn’t that sound like congress.
Take the Roman Catholic church organization. They have the president (Pope) the Cardinals and the Bishops. (congress and senate) Do not even try to tell me that the “religion” part of it is not politics. Faith maybe different but not completely. The Episcopals have similar structures and all that politicking results in Canons like the Catholics. I was a canonical counselor for a bit. Just advisor not advocate. I had to know the laws of that “religion”. I have to say that a lot of the large two volume set was more about control than love. Folks there can hire a canonical lawyer to represent them in order to get things like an annulment of marriage.
Now if you do the politics of love then rules and laws do not apply. Structure is not needed. Yes a case of libertarianism and anarchy then exists. But if you follow a rule that is not really of man you do just fine. A simple golden rule. Do onto others as you would have them do unto you, in love. For some reason folks do not think of governance in that light. I do not wonder why. It is because things are just not done that way. Our egos and power and greed get in the way. My self-interest trumps your self-interest or vice versa.
Funny but sometimes at my kitchen table all the above occur to some degree. Or is that sad? Maybe I will get back to that sometime. In my area of governance, without dictate or law, funds are set aside and spent on things like education, entry ways (sidewalks) and roadways (drive way). Agriculture (garden and lawn and trees) are handled by my department whereas (acquisitions) are handled by a department my wife oversees and is responsible for. To put it mildly she hates gardening and I hate shopping save for food. Let me read nutrition and contents labels and I am happy for hours. Let her find deals and go to malls. However consultation may be welcome. The boy is the swing vote if an impasse is reached.
Probably Some Good Advice
Love Is More Natural Than Anything Else
I had to do some lobbying this morning. I got my hiking trip to the Grand approved by the accounting and budget department. But it cost me. No not expressed but implied. It will probably require the agricultural department to weed around the garden of roses. Now that department knows that a reasonable amount of weeds actually give a better eating ground for aphids than the roses. So they are beneficial. But the home value and esthetics agency will now dictate that tit for tat.
But it makes no sense. It is not politic! Wrong, it is politics within our area. To get something you have to at least consider giving something in return.
So how does this thing called love work its way into our area governance? For some reason I do not think a national politician ever publicly rebukes another in love. Rage or PR seems a far more likely cause for grandstanding.
Here is a concept that a friend gave me. A defect in the small, creates a far larger problem in evolutionary large governance. So true. Too many families engage in the non-politics they see in the news or the societal “norms” they see in cable “sitcoms”. One subculture thinks it is funny to have the large wife degrade the skinny husband for laughs. Under my area of governance that program is X rated.
So that defect in the small home governance finds its way into the larger culture and often even into national governance. It is as though racial lines make for in race hate speech. And for some reason certain subcultures are given license to use hate speech against another culture.
Under our governance we have we have three distinct races. We rely on it to have productive cross custom diversity and dignity. But that is because we govern in love. Perhaps that loving “defect” in our governance can work its way to our national governance.
Wouldn’t it seem that in a democratic representative governance that would happen if the governed created it as the norm and most popular. If you are doing it in your area of governance perhaps it will cause a loving synergistic effect. My four children go out into the world. That is four governances that are guided by love. That is exponential. Do you spend time in your home reading, talking, doing art and getting into the spiritual or do you turn on the news in the morning and evening? Garbage in and garbage out. Love in and love out. Is what you fill your vessel with John screwing with others, hurting others and attacking each other?
It is truly your choice what kind of politics you practice.