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Bill Mailler, Ph.D.: Reader explains why he’s campaigning for a ‘spiritual guru’ for president

  • Author Marianne Williamson speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. AP

Published: 10/9/2019 3:42:01 PM

I’m 71 years old and I’ve never been politically active, except to vote. But now I am campaigning for Marianne Williamson. My friends ask me, “Why? She’s a long shot. Come on, a spiritual guru talking about angels and miracles?”

Honestly, I was in the same skeptical place when I turned on the first Democratic presidential debate. And then I heard her say that in this country the emotions of fear and hate have been harnessed for political purposes and that this fact will not be altered by more plans and policies but only by a more powerful emotion — love.

In my heart, in my knowledge of human history and in my experience as a counseling psychologist, I knew immediately that she was right. New laws and policies can curb the expression of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and outright hatred, but they cannot change people’s hearts. We can’t legislate away people’s feelings.

So the challenge is to meet intolerance with love; to bravely listen to people’s fears and concerns and say, “No, I don’t agree” and not hate back. Fear, anger and hate only create more fear, anger and hate. That’s the truth that Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King preached. We have to break this reciprocal cycle of emotional and physical violence or our nation will be ripped apart.

Marianne is not making a pitch to Democrats, she’s having a deeper conversation with the American people about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in. Please take the time to watch one of her videos on They range from two minutes to over an hour.

My sense from listening to her is that she wants to change people’s hearts first so that any laws enacted reflect the consensual will of the people. Isn’t that the way democracy is supposed to work? Left, right, center; we all have some kernel of truth in our position.

Democracy in action should be the collective discovery of our common truths and a shared desire to be the best we can as individuals and as a nation.

Bill Mailler, Ph.D.


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