Musin’ with Susan 7/12/22 – An Angry Nation

“Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy. And it is the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others. Through kindness, through affection, through honesty, through truth and justice toward all others we ensure our own benefit. This is not a matter for complicated theorizing. It is a matter of common sense.

There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile. There is no denying that our happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others. There is no denying that if society suffers we ourselves suffer. Nor is there any denying that the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill-will, the more miserable we become. Thus we can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion.”  Ethics for the New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In a recent interview Trevor Noah answered a question about his impression of the United States after coming from Africa, and he said, “The United States is an angry country.” 


I immediately understood the truth of his observation.

Have we always been an angry country?

I honestly don’t know. I just know right now, in this time period, anger fills the airways—radio, television, the internet. Sometimes I just feel surrounded by angry voices and angry energy.

I’m tired of the hatefulness, of the name calling, of the idea we’re enemies. 

I’m truly tired of those in power who are willing to go to any lengths to keep that power. Nothing good can come from someone who lies his way into a position of power.

Right now we have a Supreme Court with two justices who were steamrollered onto the court by those who followed the lead of their Senate leader’s deceitful manipulation and hypocrisy.

We have an entire political party hell-bent on installing themselves into positions of power or staying in positions of power by pledging loyalty to one man’s deceit and blatant disregard for our Constitution and the rule of law.

So count me in as one of the angry ones. 

That’s why I chose this quote.

I need to breathe in a deep breath of love and compassion and let it overpower and transform my anger.

I hope you all help me breathe away that anger surrounding our country, replacing it with love and compassion. And while you’re breathing, please do everything you can to help us elect honorable people.

I want my country to be full of love and compassion and humor and joy. I don’t want anyone ever again to say the United States is an angry country.