In the current U.S. election, Donald J. Trump has campaigned on the slogan “Make America Great Again.” The policies espoused by Mr. Trump as a roadmap to this “greatness” largely pit one faction against another, implying that his vision of “greatness” is necessarily dependent on the exclusion of others from this vision.
In addition, Mr. Trump has projected an immorality largely oblivious to the rule of law. For example, when questioned on business practices that may have allowed him to avoid the payment of personal income taxes, perhaps for decades, he blames loopholes in the system, as if the system should be a dictator and enforcer of morality.
Stepping back from the candidates, however, what can become apparent is the energy with which a majority of the U.S. population is rejecting Mr. Trump’s underlying message. The goal of this message appears to be to instill fear in as many people as possible as a means of garnering support for his divisive plans.
When we are in fear, our world becomes small, and our vision narrow. We are triggered to acquire and even hoard what we can, even at the expense of others.
But we are on the cusp of a new consciousness that recognizes the importance of letting go of fear as a necessary precursor to building a sustainable, healthy society. As a result of heightened mindfulness, increasing numbers of people are becoming experientially attuned to the reality that fear-driven behavior usually precipitates a downward spiral that destroys relationships, societies, and even life itself.
This fear-driven dynamic is also perpetuated by adversarial litigation. When enmeshed in narrow fears, litigants clutch for whatever award they might realize. This myopia operates largely to the exclusion of the interests of a much more broad circle of stakeholders. Any decision made or action taken on such a basis is likely to be far less than optimal and actually harm relationships and society as a whole.
Holistic law practice, by rejecting the underlying notion of divisiveness inherent in adversarial litigation, is moving in step with our heightened societal mindfulness that has fueled much of the opposition to Mr. Trump’s divisive messages.
To learn more about how holistic law practice can help identify optimal solutions to conflict, please contact Psychotherapist and Attorney Michael Lubofsky at https://lawyertherapist.com, or by calling (415) 508-6263.