This morning I walked over to mail a package. Conveniently the post office is right next to my office.
Periodically, on the sidewalk right outside the post office, there are ginormous posters (yes, plural) of President Obama with a “hitler moustache” drawn in and signs that read “Impeach Obama”. I always walk past and ignore them. Today I had fit of insanity.
I said (nicely) to the young “man” (I use that term advisedly) at the petition table something to the effect: “I admire your passion and time commitment. Perhaps you might think about someday directing that toward feeding hungry children or . . . “. Before I could say another word I was showered with contemptuous and devaluing comments. He ended by saying, “If you aren’t going to sign the petition or give $100 (yup, $100) to get rid of Obama get out of here, don’t waste my time”.
That (in hindsight) was the wisest thing he said to me. At this point I was, I admit, curious to see his response to logic: “According to the constitution, if you impeach Obama, Joe Biden is the president”.
“We’ll get rid of him too. Quit wasting my time and get out of here”, he angrily repeated as he turned his back to me.
I smiled and left. Smiled at both his and my naiveté.
Back in my office (admittedly a bit shaken by his vitriol) to calm myself I read a favorite Baha’i prayer for humanity. Here’s an excerpt:
“O Thou Kind Lord! . . . Unlock the gates of true understanding . . . gather all people beneath the shadow of Thy bounty and cause them to unite in harmony, so that they may become as the rays of one sun, as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of one tree . . .” ‘Abdu’l-Baha
I know the young man wasn’t listening but I’m sure his soul heard.