Friday, August 18, 2017

How Do You Deal With This?

I am struggling with a deep and unrelenting shame for my shameless family members.

I am ashamed of the fact that they are racists, bigots, and willfully ignorant to facts and reason. That regardless of how they identify, their actions more than give them away.

I am ashamed of their unchecked hubris. Of their unwillingness to see another point of view. Of their hatred that they mask with “patriotism” and Christianity.

I am ashamed that they call themselves Christians while unabashedly supporting the views of the morally bankrupt.

I am ashamed that they are too proud to admit they have made a mistake in putting their support behind Donald Trump.

This is ½ of my upbringing. ½ of the people who raised me. I don't know how to reconcile their current actions with my childhood memories.

Maybe they've always been like this and I was just too blind to see it?

Everything in me wants to say something about it. Everything I am wants to try to influence them to change. But it’s like shouting into the wind.

I know I'm not alone in this. I know others are dealing with similar situations. And I truly want to know how you manage it? Because it's like a weight that I can't shake.

1 comment:

  1. PEOPLE ARE NOT INFLUENCED BY SHOUTING. IF THEY WERE,YOU WOULD HEAR ME FROM THERE. JUST TRY TO COMPARTMENTALIZE, BUT DON'T CONDONE. BEING ONLY SILENT HELPS THE OPPRESSOR NOT THE OPPRESSED. LIVE BY EXAMPLE AND BE KIND. THE NEWS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF ANGST THIS WEEK. IT IS BEYOND ME HOW WE GOT TO THIS PLACE. WHY ARE SO ANY PEOPLE BLIND TO THE PAIN OF OTHERS? MORAG

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