-Spiritualizing the Democratic Life
The Rev. Brian Mason
Columnists and academics, on the left and right of the political spectrum, frequently mention that the America we live in is fracturing. That faith in the citizenry isn’t bending, it’s all but broken under the pressures of economic inequality, racial division, and political unrest. There is no denying we live in a trying era, with real problems. But democracy isn’t just political, it’s spiritual and religious. Walt Whitman believed, as David Brooks recently reminded readers in his op-ed, “What Holds America Together,” “democracy ‘supplies a training school for making first class men.’ It is ‘life’s gymnasium.’ It forges ‘freedom’s athletes’ – strong and equal women, courageous men, deep-souled people capable of governing themselves.” Democracy, for Whitman, is an adventure requiring not just citizens, but citizen athletes. Perhaps it’s time we reclaim and live it as such.
Music: Youth Choir