Thought for the Week

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With the re­sults of the coun­cil elec­tions now known and thor­oughly di­gested by the me­dia at­ten­tion has very quickly turned to the gen­eral elec­tion.

Al­ready a large chunk of the TV news is be­ing ex­pended on this sub­ject – along, of course, with what­ever it is that Don­ald Trump has been tweet­ing about that day.

Ro­bust po­lit­i­cal de­bate is of course a good thing – it can chal­lenge and in­form – it can help us de­cide how to cast our vote. But un­for­tu­nately there can also be a neg­a­tive side to pol­i­tics as scathing at­tacks are launched on in­di­vid­ual politi­cians rather than upon the pol­i­tics they hold – as ‘sound­bites’ in­creas­ingly take the place of ‘sub­stance’.

And un­for­tu­nately this neg­a­tive ap­proach to pol­i­tics seems to be on the in­crease in all walks of life – es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia where the af­ter­math of elec­tions can be a par­tic­u­larly di­vi­sive time as those who have ‘lost’ vent their frus­tra­tions to­wards those who voted for the ‘win­ning’ party, some­times mak­ing very of­fen­sive com­ments as they do so.

Of­ten what is said is not re­ally aimed at any par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual but such com­ments can be in­cred­i­bly hurt­ful none-the-less.

Elec­tions are im­por­tant, it’s good to en­gage in the process – and it is im­por­tant to vote.

But it is also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that those you dis­agree with are peo­ple who are not that dif­fer­ent from you – peo­ple with feel­ings, peo­ple with wor­ries, peo­ple with hopes, peo­ple with a view­point.

As we move to­wards June 8 may we re­mem­ber the ‘golden rule’ Jesus taught his fol­low­ers – “do to oth­ers as you would have them do to you.”

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