By Victoria Lynn Hall
“For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.”Aristotle
Back when I was supporting the Marianne 2020 campaign on social media, it would irritate me when that Jesse Crall person would disagree with MW about something. Jesse wasn’t like the trolls or the haters whose uninformed opinions were easy to dismiss. He actually praised Marianne when she did something he agreed with and defended her when he felt she was being attacked or smeared unfairly. So when he criticized her, I had to take it seriously. I would research his claims, hoping to find that he was wrong and she was right and I was almost always disappointed. However, this was how I learned that I could trust him.
It’s not easy for me to disagree with Marianne Williamson. As I’ve said before, when I disagree with her, I also feel that I am acting in accordance with the principles I learned from her and this can be frustrating and disorienting. As a result, many hours of prayer and self reflection, and a lot of pages in my journal, have been dedicated to my puzzling over these instances.
In that way, I think Marianne has once again been instrumental in teaching me important lessons; like how to trust in my own knowledge and intuition and how to stand in my truth even when it would be more comfortable to go along to get along.
The other lesson I have learned from her and from many other people over the last few years is that it is so often the people we disagree with that have the most to teach us about ourselves and the world – whether we ultimately settle the disagreement or not, listening to opposing viewpoints is vital to broadening our understanding. I’m hoping to increase and improve upon my willingness and ability to do that.
Jesse spoke of this article from The Black Agenda Report: Still Unsolved: the Great Crime that Triggered the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
I mentioned this interview: Marianne Williamson speaks with Afghanistan War veteran Laura Jedeed
Visit CODEPINK to take action on issues and campaigns for peace.
Watch/listen to our full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content.
A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.