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There Is Another Viral Pandemic Spreading Across America, It's Called Hatred

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Letter to the Editor: There is another viral pandemic spreading across America. It’s called hatred.

March 24, 2020 12:25 am·
Author: Aly Delp
 

image-4-3.pngThere is a pressing question that many of us have asked ourselves: Where has the soul of America gone?

There should be no question that a virus is alive and well in the soul of America. The sores and blemishes of white nationalism, xenophobia, white supremacy and hatred for “the other” are exposed for all to see. The sickness of this nation is heard in ugly chants at rallies, described in hate-filled manifestos, discussed in disturbing online forums, painted with pictures of carnage in the press and even served up with dinner at the table talk of many family gatherings.

There is certainly a virus in the soul of America. But does this mean we have lost our soul?

It would be easy to simply blame the virus symptom bearers, those who encourage and espouse hate. It would be easy to blame those who, with increasing frequency, escalate to assault weapon massacres of our fellow citizens. But we must become willing to look and explore far deeper than the symptom bearers if we are to find our soul. For instance, to simply blame the current President would be to shirk taking a close look at the large portion of America’s populous for whom his language of the virus rings true. And, most importantly, to simply blame the symptom bearers and carriers of the virus would continue to render us distracted from looking inward at our own soul and its complicity, at this nation’s collective soul and its current state.

In his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captured the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi principle of satyagraha when he said “we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” In its simplest form, the idea is that only good can overcome evil. When we think about the virus infecting the soul of America, then we know it can only be the good in our collective soul that will ever cure the evil of our virus.

This brings me back to the question: Where has the soul of America gone? Perhaps what we really need to be asking ourselves is: where has the good – the love, compassion, quest for a just society, positive regard for humanity – where has it gone? Where is our nation’s soul force? Where is it in me?

An Op Ed from the PA Human Relations Commission

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of exploreJeffersonPA.com.

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Yes, we should encourage differences because that is how we learn to change and grow.  Those who try to lead may even fail a bit, but that doesn't mean their idea wasn't correct, it just needed polished.  Give credit liberally when it is due, and sometimes just to encourage those who have the guts to speak up and to try.  Being generous never hurts.


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

Albert Einstein

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The Coronavirus is a terrible scourge, but I have seen a lot of good coming out of it.  Looking for the good helps us through these times.  I see parents spending more time with children, families taking more time to care for one another, folks praying who haven't prayed in a long time.  People cooking at home and enjoying their families.  People doing more phoning and facetiming older friends and relatives., reaching beyond the miles.  People just taking more time for others, because they have the time to give now.  More time to think of what is truly important. Many businesses are donating much needed items, sewing face masks, etc.,.  My hope is that folks get closer to God, their families and friends, and learn true compassion and caring, and putting away hate.  We can come out of this richer, not moneywise, but in our souls.  


Every day is a gift from God; that's why we call it the "present!"

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The company I work for has lost millions in stock and revenue due to businesses closing down. This week they implemented a new nationwide poilicy, not of cutting employees hours, or sending a certain number of employees home, but of once a week buying lunch for every single employee in the company and every Friday sending each employee home with a dinner for their entire family. We have been instructed to do this every week until the "all clear" is given.

I'm not far enough up the chain to be saying this as a pitch for my company, I'm saying this because I have worked for a couple of other companies that would immediately turn inward, start the layoffs, and try to control the bleeding. Very early in this crisis my company took care of its employees. I was astounded. Yes, it's a big company, and it will survive this, but these are the kinds of things you just don't hear about

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