The past couple of weeks, and this week in particular, has seen an incredible display of hypocrisy, willful ignorance, and a blatant lack of a moral compass from so many in Washington – and more alarmingly, from their supporters. From those that see any behavior acceptable as long as the one doing the misbehaving, or saying the disturbing things, is if the same political party or religious denomination. Anything is better than ‘the other’.
Ultimately it is only by our actions, by the things we say and do, that we demonstrate to ourselves, and others, who we really are. Find our purpose. Avoid hypocrisy.
When our values are at odds with our actions, that is when we suffer the greatest turmoil. In order to be at peace with ourselves, we have to live our values. As John Ruskin put it over 150 years ago, “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” True words indeed.
Hoping for a better week.
And yes, December has brought cold and snow to much of the country, including here in the Northeast – photo taken last night as the snow was winding down.