It has been going on for some time. However it seems to have taken off in earnest during the last couple years. Allegations have been surfacing of high-level, elected or appointed, government officials committing heinous crimes. Sometimes the allegations involve many people, implying that if the crimes actually occurred or are occurring, they involve a conspiracy. Often these allegations include further allegations of cover-ups involving even more elected or appointed government officials.
The reactions from the general pubic are usually very mixed to these allegations. The reasons people might react as they do can be as varied as the lives and backgrounds of the people themselves. However, there are some phenomenon we understand about human thinking which often enter into the underlying reasons people either tend to believe or disbelieve such allegations.
- Some tend to disbelieve or ignore them because they have been taught by trusted and beloved authority figures, since childhood, to respect and believe in the goodness of those occupying the highest offices in the United States of America.
- Some may tend to disbelieve simply because they “like” the accused for some reason or another. Maybe the accused supports some issue which that person feels strongly about. Maybe the accused dresses stylishly and has a pleasant manner about them.
- Some tend to disbelieve or ignore the allegations because to give the allegations serious consideration creates such cognitive dissonance they cannot stand it.
- Some tend to disbelieve because the evidence they have seen does not rise to a level lending them to consider the allegations as having veracity.
On the other hand…
- Some tend to believe the allegations because they simply do not like something about the government officials implicated. It could be the accused doesn’t belong to the correct political party, or the accused lacks style or smoothness in their life or personal presentation.
- Some tend to believe the allegations because the accused supports some policy or cause which the person finds offensive.
- Some may tend to believe the allegations because the evidence they have seen lends them to believe the allegations are true.
In the absence of any specific first hand experiences or knowledge about what is being alleged, it is the background experiences of the observers, the people who constitute the general public, that are going to determine that person’s initial reaction to any such allegations. Lacking any authentic investigation into the allegations, the public is left unsure, contentiously holding onto their own personal opinions, divided.
So what? What else is new…right? However, it matters.
When the population of a neighborhood, a city, a nation, or a world is divided, the “house” is divided. And as the profound saying which Abraham Lincoln borrowed from Mark 3:25 goes: “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (NIV) Why is it important for our “house” to stand? It is because it is as a group, as a cooperative whole, that we can do the things that contribute to making our world the wondrous and exciting place it is. Our roads, airplanes, trains, the products that genuinely make our lives less tedious and give us more ability to enjoy the beauty of our world and each other, the advances in technology and medicine that have such potential to better our lives: none of us alone can bring these things to reality. It has only been by working together for our own and the common good that these things have come into being. And it is when we lose sight of what is in our own and the common good that our cultures begin to deteriorate. It is then that we begin to bicker, and fight amongst ourselves, divided.
The allegations matter, knowing whether they are true or untrue matters. What do we do when, and/or if, those controlling our laws and the enforcement of our laws use their power to give themselves exemptions from the laws the rest of us are expected to adhere to? Or begin constructing the laws to favor themselves above all others? Initially it isn’t good for us, the general citizenry, in the long run it’s not good for anyone.
Without digressing into another entire article, suffice to say, science is able to confirm for us today what some within the field of spiritual well-being have been saying for a long time: we live within a unified field. We’re all interconnected, interdependent. And it’s not just the human race that is interconnected: it’s all of existence, everything. Never before in recorded human history has it been possible to say with greater certainty: “United we stand, divided we fall.”
It is also the case that, due to the seriousness of the potential ripples throughout our society, there ought to be some penalty for anyone bringing patently false allegations against anyone in high office. That being said, we cannot simply disregard allegations because we may think them unlikely. We need to know whether allegations of heinous cruelty and crimes leveled against public officials are true or untrue because if those in high office hold contempt for humanity, contempt for good will; is that the value we want to see directing our resources, directing us as a people? The essential spiritual, not religious, but spiritual orientation of those to whom we entrust high office is of the utmost import to each and every one of us.
What sort, what nature, of spiritual energy do we want to see people exerting, do we want to allow people to exert, especially as leaders, directors of nations and their resources, upon the events taking place in our world?
For these reasons, and others, we cannot allow serious allegations of heinous behavior; allegations of corruption; graft, influence peddling, rape, pedophilia, murder, on the part of our elected/appointed officials and others to go uninvestigated, unexamined. At this time those “investigating” such allegations are likely as not themselves taking orders from those they are supposed to be investigating. Or, taking orders from third parties who are directing both them and the elected/appointed officials they are supposed to be investigating. So-called investigations are happening in a superficial and ineffective manner. While there may be some public aspect to the investigations: a floor show of reassurance, an attempt to appease the public without actually rocking the boat of those in power, the actual investigations, if any do occur, are hidden from public view.
What we also see happening often today often the media is brought to bear and public attention is redirected from the allegations themselves to the question of who committed the “offense” of exposing them. This pattern of behavior, of looking to find and punish the “snitch”, is one that has long been a characteristic of criminal enterprises. I haven’t spoken about this with many but I highly doubt I’m the only one troubled by how often this mind-set seems to be the one demonstrated by those in high office.
It’s not about who should go to prison. Although, some of the allegations definitely have public safety issues. Maybe some, if guilty, do require confinement until we can be reasonably certain they won’t continue the heinous behaviors no matter what their socio-economic situation. However, the heart of what is at stake is the nature and direction of the spirit of our communities, our nations. The values held by those in high office, which they express in word and/or deed, manifest themselves in the physical, mental and spiritual health of our communities, our lives.
Whether we tend to be of the opinion that those in high office accused of heinous crimes are most likely innocent or guilty, we need to speak out and demand honest, thorough, authentic, investigations into the allegations. Investigations with 100% transparency that are open for the world to see. Then we can address whatever the investigations reveal, unseat any who are abusing the power which we allow, which we bestow. Put the issues to rest and move on with greater certainty and in greater unity.
If we make it known, make it undeniably clear that We the People will not tolerate behaviors on the part of those in high office which demonstrate a contempt for humanity, we will be a step closer to establishing a culture for ourselves, for our children, in which we can experience, enjoy our lives with greater health, wholeness and stability.