Sunday, April 12, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 8

Day 8: Chesed within GevurahLoving-kindness within Power
Hillary Clinton has announced that she is officially running for president with this video:

I have been #ReadyforHillary since her first presidential run in 2008 and have been following the will-she-won't-she political speculation for a long time. Since she officially entered the race (and even before) people have been speculating about the kind of campaign she will run, particularly noting the difficulty she will face in relating to everyday people. 

What perfect timing to discuss loving-kindness within power. It seems that there is a different kind of kindness that one must show when one is in a position of power. We believe those in power to be out of touch with everyday problems - whether they know the price of milk or the joys and discomforts of a long road trip - and thus expect them to go the extra mile to relate to us. Our presidential candidates, all powerful people, must also be incredibly kind and likable. As politicians on both sides continue to enter the field for the 2016 race, it will be important for them to strike a balance between power and kindness early.