The Common Good

Before you vote, take a moment and think

Source: The Hill
Date: October 30, 2012

There's an evangelical pastor in Washington, DC, Jim Wallis, who said something that has always stuck with me: we don't need to go further to the left, we don't need to go further to the right, we all just need to go deeper.

With less than two weeks remaining until Election Day, I'd like to ask you to do something radical: STOP. That's right - just stop. A pretty uncommon ask from a politician, eh? Politicians are usually asking us to DO something. I'm asking you to take a few minutes and just stop.

Why would I ask you to do this? I believe by stopping for just a couple of minutes we can slow our hectic minds down and let a little bit of calm overtake us. And with that little bit of calmness, we can go deeper and see clearly what our true values are. Only as we connect to what is most important to us can we then let those values inform our evaluation of political issues or candidates.