Compassion Returns to the White House

Compassion Returns to the White House January 20, 2021

I never realized until Donald Trump’s presidency how much one person can set the tone of a nation. I had mistakenly thought that Americans were far too independent to allow one person to have so much psychological control over their well-being.

I was wrong. The power of a nefarious president, when combined with the commercialism of mainstream and social media platforms, can produce a mesmerizing force that negatively affects everyone.

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But with the inauguration of President Biden today it feels as though a new era has dawned. The optimism started to return last evening with a ceremony to pay tribute to the 400,000 Americans who have died of Covid-19. The fact that Biden orchestrated such a symbolic gesture went a long way towards reestablishing dignity to the presidency. And it signified one human emotion which has been notably absent from the rhetoric and policies of the previous administration: compassion.

No one can serve others without compassion. The presidency is the highest public service position in America. It’s arguably the most powerful position in the world. After 36 years in the Senate and 8 years as the former Vice President, Joe Biden has earned the presidency. Yet, it’s the depth of his compassion that makes him most qualified to serve.

Compassion is a lethal antidote to narcissism

As sure as the former president set the tone of self-service, divisiveness, and corruption; Biden is poised to steer the collective consciousness of Americans towards far nobler ideals. The next four years will mark a renewed sense of optimism and American pride, but more so, a mending of the relationships that have been split by partisan divide.

About Scott Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is a former minister and now writes for Thinkadelics about the joys and benefits of living as a freethinker. He is the author of several books, as well as the previous owner of several hospice agencies. You can read more about the author here.

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11 responses to “Compassion Returns to the White House”

  1. Hi, Scott! I watched Trump’s goodbye at Andrews AFB, and it was all about how he got the most votes ever in the history of the USA (hmm…I guessed it was Biden, who–you know–WON). Biden, in contrast, spoke about the entire nation, healing, and reuniting. Compassion is vital in a leader.

  2. And the goose stepping reichwing that loves trump will tell us all how ‘weak’ and ‘wussie’ and ‘feminized’ Biden is.

  3. I was at work doing sys admin stuff and set up stuff to run, so I could watch as long as I kept an eye on the stuff I was running. It wasn’t my intent to watch Trump, but it was like watching a horrible train wreck. The man was himself to the end–deluded, classless, and rude.

    On the way home from work, I listened to BBC news and the Irish reporter was speaking with a Republian politician (didn’t catch his name but he had a southern accent) who was apoplectic about how much Biden was hated and “we all know him!” When the reporter pressed him for details, all he could come up with was some vote Biden voted on in the 1970s that he disagreed with.

    In short, Trump’s base is trapped in hatred–some for the dopamine or adrenaline hit. Like addicts, they’ll twist themselves into knots to keep the hits coming.

  4. A few months back somebody forwarded me a meme about Joe Biden. It had six or seven pictures of him on it and about three of them were photoshopped. They were trying to convince me of how unqualified he was to be president based on doctored photographs. They even admitted that the photos were doctored.

    There are a lot of Republicans I think who are taking a step back, and rethinking their position that the elections were stolen. But I truly think about 25% of the Republican Party has no desire to believe the truth even when they are fully aware of what that truth is. And I agree with you, They are driven by their hatred. It consumes them.

  5. That’s a great bumper sticker. So True! And I like your perspective. I thought the same thing when Trump won. Give him a chance, but then his press secretary came out the next day and talked about how his inauguration had the biggest crowd ever! I knew we were in for a ride within the first 24 hours.

    The bumper sticker is spot on because the “suffering” is optional and comes to those who don’t accept change. That’s my Pollyanish response.

    We’re fortunate that in America we get to make the change we want every four years. As long as our democracy holds, there is no reason for anybody to complain. But the Republicans (at least a small faction of them) are no longer willing to accept or to abide by the rules of our democracy. They have insurrection on the brain. They would have stolen the election if they could have. Many of them are still in positions of power. And they must be stopped. If they don’t want to abide by the rules of our democracy they have no business being in congress.

  6. The problem with Sean Spicer was that you could see the lying was eating him up inside. He was not the correct level of soulless sociopath needed for the job. Who knew?

    Things are already much better.

  7. So true. It’s like there is this window of time for the people that were hired to work with Trump. They get into the job then quickly realize the ethical consequences they are going to have to make. Do I stay or do I go? Many I think did stay for good reasons, to serve their country as best the good, until the moral compromises proved too great.

  8. To a lesser extent, this is something that a lot of people wrestle with: how much will I put up with in order to keep my job? The ideal is to have a job doing meaningful work in professional environment, but so many times people have to deal with less-than-ideal circumstances until they can make a change.

    I had a job a few years ago where I did a lot of walking meditations just to get me out of the office and into a frame of mind to deal with the shenanigans going on–and mind you, nothing was illegal or immoral, “just” toxic. Imagine the stress on people with a conscience having to work for Trump.

  9. The answer to that question would be it depends on where you live. Roughly half the world makes $2.50 a day. I’m pretty sure they have to do anything and everything to keep their jobs. I’ve had quite a few jobs and a few businesses in my lifetime. I’ve never been put in a situation where I have to compromise and quit my job. I consider myself very fortunate to live in this country.

    I tried walking meditation only a couple of times. It’s really awkward to me. I was wondering why you enjoyed meditating this way? What are some of the benefits?

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