Thought for the Week
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.”