To Oprah…or not to Oprah? That is the Question
It is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday today and Nicholas Kristoff, of the NYTimes, shared Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. It’s an iconic work that I hadn’t read in many years. I hope you can find the time to give it a read today. https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html
We’ve come so far in our society since the sixties but, with the current administration, we are taking many steps backward. It would behoove the President to read all of Dr. King’s words but, particularly this letter. Unfortunately, we all know he doesn’t ‘read.’ How sad is that?
In honor of Dr. King’s holiday, the President is playing golf at his resort in Florida. Unlike every other president who has volunteered on this day of service, drumpf thinks it’s beneath him.
There’s been a lot of chatter about Oprah possibly running in 2020, even though she claims she is not. I’ve already said I don’t believe it’s a good idea but, maybe it could be. A friend shared an article on Facebook about all the pseudo-doctors and experts she’s brought to light over the years and their wild theories.
I was a huge fan of Oprah through the ‘90’s but, didn’t watch her show much toward the end. I have to confess; I read The Secret and thought it made sense, initially. Then, like so many other ‘movements’ or ‘fads’ it kind of blew itself up. I initially thought Dr. Oz was legit, I like Dr. Phil, but don’t watch either of their shows, and I was not aware Oprah had supported Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vax movement but, I certainly did not.
I think giving the doctors their own shows created a need to stretch their ‘theories and practices’ in order to keep the shows going. It ultimately didn’t show the best of either one.
The things Oprah brought out that moved me and changed my life in some ways were people like Sarah Ban Breathnach and her Simple Abundance books. Gary Zukav’s book, Seat of the Soul, moved me deeply. I’m not a religious person, but I am a spiritual person.
It took Oprah and her guests to teach me the difference between religion and spirituality. If you’ve read much of this blog you know, I was turned off by religion at a very early age. Learning the difference between the two was life-altering, for me.
Oprah also introduced me to Marianne Williamson and the Course in Miracles. They discussed it on her show in 1992, and it prompted me to get her books. She also connected with Eckart Tolle, and I like him very much.
The fact that Oprah has shared her own spiritual journey with the world is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, in my opinion. She has been generous with her insights and her money. Her school for girls in Africa is proof enough of her desire for education and equality. Can you name ONE politician that could stand up to her philanthropy and generosity? I can’t.
I said recently that it might be best for her to be Vice President in 2020, just to get her feet wet in the political arena, but I can’t imagine who would be the head of the ticket. She’s a leader, not a follower.
Still, I’m not going to say I support her running for office at this time. First, we have to get through impeachment and see if Pence goes down, too. Then see how the mid-term elections shake out.
Personally, I see a sea of blue heading to D.C. early next year, and I hope it won’t be too late to undo the damage done in this first year of our huuugest debacle.
What do you think?