Friday, March 16, 2012

You canít fight crazy


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

That's an old expression from the South that I heard years ago and which was echoed by my daughter last week. It means that when you're dealing with a point of view from someone or trying to understand what the truth is from an explanation that is completely foreign to you, you suddenly realize that, "Uh-oh, this is crazy and there's no way to fight it." No matter what you say, you will never be able to reach them. It's very frightening and your first instinct is anger. But anger will just fuel the crazy and turn it into violence and hate. It's far better to detach with love, smile and retreat to your inner self where you know it is safe. You can't fight crazy.

I mention this because we are entering an election year and by November we have to know that we're all going to be all right. Soon, if it hasn't touched you already, you will experience people expressing their views to you. There are many views and everyone believes theirs is correct and the others are crazy. Political ads will soon be flooding our TV channels, fueling the economy of the mass media. Everyone has the right to buy advertising time and spew out his or her message whether it is the truth or not. Talk radio hosts will flood the airwaves with outrageous accusations. All will do all they can to convince you that their way is the right way. If you can't fight crazy, then, what are you going to do?

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Let's return to that inner-self option where you know that it is safe. A voting booth is very much like your inner self, the one who knows what's correct. There, no one can reach you to advance his or her ideas or advise you what to do. You can express your conscience and follow your heart. No one will know.

We should all have our own private voting booth, which we keep secrets to ourselves and make decisions we believe to be correct while hurting no one. You know what works for you. Don't let anyone sway the way you believe. Vote alone in your own booth. It's better because you can't fight crazy.




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