The following are my responses on Jay Bookman’s blog on October 13, 2016. Link: http://jaybookman.blog.ajc.com/2016/10/13/karma-baby/
Karma is real, spiritually. Thank God that someone was protecting this nation from taking the fall with Trump, and that it is simply the Republican Party that will be taking this fall with Trump.
As a “seasoned” educator, let me simply point out that we have to keep delving deeper and deeper into the total beings of others. Sometimes we get stuck in seeing others with only half of the iceberg showing.
With Bill Clinton, I believe that it was not only the vicious campaign of the Republican leadership to take him down that made Bill seem a victim, himself, and therefore turned the public to be sympathetic to him, but that the public could see deeper, even subconsciously, into the deeper recesses of President Clinton’s psyche and they saw a generous spirit who loves other people in all their weakness (like his) and who wants to serve other flawed human beings.
Labels limit our thinking. That is why it is fruitless to label Thomas Jefferson either a Deist, a Christian, an Agnostic, or an Atheist. Thomas Jefferson’s mind and soul defied labeling, and that is true not only of Jefferson, but of all human beings. Knowing that to be true, we are encouraged to look as deep into the souls and minds of others as we are able. To accomplish this, we must see but not judge and leave the judging to God. Karma.
Or maybe, the “many (gods)” are all incorporated into the one God. It is just that we, with our limited perceptions, cannot see that.
Kipling: “. . .but each in his separate star, will paint the Thing as he sees it for the God of Things as they are.”
My response to a second poster:
Yes, I know that those who have unfairly demonized President Obama have given him much pain. Hillary Clinton, in fact, told us that. But, then, all of us receive pain from others, and we, in turn, inflict pain upon others. That is the human condition. God, in my mind, is working in the mind and soul of Barack Obama, just as he worked in the mind and soul of MLK Jr. and God is/was protecting both Obama and King through his grace, from the inflicted pain of the unenlightened of our world.