A Strong Belief Not Shared by Many… #Trust30

by Dani Fake Webb on June 2, 2011

June 2

A Strong Belief Not Shared By Many….. #Trust3o

Today’s post is for the third day of the Domino Project’s Trust30 Challenge. Each day, a prompt will be posted that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Today’s prompt is from Buster Benson:

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?

This challenge has, well, challenged me. Standing firm on a belief I have that not many share (so I think, anyway) is vulnerable. And, it feels scary to admit…but isn’t that the very point of this exercise?

I have a strong belief – not shared by a LOT of people – that all people and situations, even the most evil, should be viewed with compassion. This includes the murderer, the sex offender, the scandalous politician, and dare I say, even Hitler. It includes companies we rally to hate, like United Airlines, Delta (most recent), TSA and WalMart. It includes Republicans, Democrats, homophobes and arrogant assholes.

Please hear this: this belief is NOT about pardoning crimes, offering leniency, or making business/personal choices “OK”. All actions, all choices, have consequences, and hideous actions deserve severe consequence. But in so doing, we do not need to lose sight of the basic humanity of the offender. I believe ALL people are capable of repentance and change.

~ Even the man who murdered one of my closest friends.
~ Even Rep. Weiner who is all over the news.
~ Even Adolf. Yes, even him.

It feels tough to write these words. But it is my truth. And I suppose that is my lesson in this #trust30 challenge.

Until next time, may you love your life today.


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Dani Fake Webb June 9, 2011 at 1:34 am

Funny. It took me so much courage to write what I wrote that I missed the last 2 parts of the challenge! (What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?)
Oops. 😉

Tracy Fagan June 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

Dani- Kudos to you for posting this.

To take this on a bit of a religious turn, one thing my pastor has said many times is, “We are all just Bozos on the bus.” We all have hurt someone else by our actions. Even in the book of John 8:7, Jesus says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Referring to a woman accused of adultery.) I personally have found a great freedom in leaving the judgement to God as to the ultimate “answering for the crimes” committed here on earth.

As for what I have actively done to live it…I am in the process of reading “The Truth Will Set you Free” by Alice Miller. A very interesting book talking about the impact of childhood on personal development. This has given me a new compassion for (not approval or excuses for) the behaviors of various people. I also spend time in prayer. God helps me to see these people through His eyes, they are His children who are lost.

Dani Fake Webb June 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Thanks, Tracy. That sounds like a good book – everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has a story. Thanks for reading my post and commenting…. 😉

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