“What is the left’s world view in general?”
“If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they?”
“[Liberals] are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone,” he said. “He had it all, but he had nothing. Made everybody else laugh, but was miserable inside. It fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has. [I’m] talking about low expectations and general unhappiness.”
“Robin Williams felt guilty that he was still alive while his three friends had died young, and much earlier than he had,” “He could never get over the guilt that they died and he didn’t. Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists in judging the country.”
These comments remind me that people with prominence and recognition in the world might not always be the most intelligent. Intelligence involves deep understanding, and Rush Limbaugh obviously has no clue. He views the world with a hard stare.
Although the tide may be changing, these comments are indicative of the modern societal media force pushing people toward egoism, hatred, and the state of being in constant judgment. As human beings having grown up in a media-drive society, most of us default toward judging everyone as separate human beings. The media, and our general societal, religious and corporate views, all work together to makes us all believe that we are separate from one another. It is a view based in lack rather than abundance.
The truth, one that is slowly being supported by science, is that we are all one. I believe the tide is slowly turning toward a softer more abundant view of the universe in which we are participating. Slowly, the view of many people is moving more toward their higher spiritual side. Evidence of this is the gross movement away from many of our organized religions that promote dogma over spirituality. People are beginning to see the significance of working toward a heart of loving kindness; viewing the world with soft eyes. To judgmental people like Mr. Limbaugh, these views are for the weak. Depression is for the weak too. This view isn’t just uninformed, it is dangerous. It increases the stigma associated with mental illness and steers people away from reaching out.
So Mr. Limbaugh, it is my sincere hope that you or someone close to you is never touched by mental illness. Issues associated with mental illness can’t be broken down to something as simple as a political view. Like most problems, there is no simple answer.
Try these, just for today:
- Spend time in non-judgment, even if just for 1 hour.
- Recognize the human beings have the human, ego side AND a higher, more spiritual side. Try to get you ego side out of the way, just for today. You can’t find your higher side; it just needs room to reside.
- Principles never change, but beliefs do. Just for today, try to suspend your beliefs. As Deepak Chopra said, “The stronger your beliefs, the more narrow your view.”
- Try to get comfortable with the unknown. The world of the unknown is vast. God is in the unknown.
- If you are suffering with mental illness, seek help. There is no single answer, and you are not weak. There are people who care.
Rush Limbaugh is a human being. Although he has a loud voice through the media, he is working entirely from his ego side. This is true for all of us, some more than others. Finding the heart of loving kindness takes daily practice. Forgiveness takes daily practice. Mindfulness takes daily practice.
Just for today, be patient, be human, and give peace some space within yourself.