August 18, 2017

Make Love Great Again.

Racist!, some of us cry at others of us.

That’s no way to start a conversation, or educate he or she who might, indeed, have some very real prejudice.

Libtard, cry others! N___r! SJW! Cuck! It’s a war of words, and as we know, having drowned in death and suffering only a century and change ago, rhetoric can end in brothers killing brothers and sisters killing sisters.

Hate will get us nowhere, as Martin Luther King, Jr., concluded. Jesus concluded the same thing, as did Gandhi, Ashoka, and Buddha.

Those who decided otherwise choose to walk in blood. Bloodshed never heals.

We know all this, and yet—and yet—we are all consumed in self-righteousness, the cousin to aggression.

And so I’ve decided to lay down my moderate liberal tendencies and offer a hat, however token this gesture might be, that might connect with the hearts and minds of all of us—Trump supporter, Republican, Democrat, Bernie fan—whatever our relative allegiance, we can all agree that, like it or not, we’re in this together.

So let’s remind ourselves, and one another, of this solemn truth. Whatever your view, we will get nowhere through hate. Nowhere except war, and pain, and suffering, and pain, and pain, and grief, and aggression, and further aggression. Even those of us enjoying our hatred do not want to see what we hold dear hurt. And so, as Donne reminds us, we’re all part of the maine, we are all the same island.

There is no away. We’re stuck with one another. Let’s enjoy it.

Make Love Great Again!

Yours in the Vision of Enlightened Society,

Waylon H. Lewis

Be the first to wear the new hat: elephantjournal.com/hats


The Elephant Journal let’s Make Love Great Again hat. Share your sweet self up with your #makelovegreatagain hat (and hashtag) and we might reshare your account on our biggie Instagram! and Facebook! $29 each, or $50 for two.

Can’t we all just get along? We have very real differences—but, too, we all need to get outside of our own choirs and bubbles and remember we’re all in this together—and we got to put the civil back in civilization. Let’s listen, not just holler! Wear your heart on your head for all to see—let’s Make Love Great Again.

Every hat plants a tree.

Hopefully it’ll be meaningful and fun for allll of us…right and left and up and down…to wear and share!

PS: so many of us are hating on Nazis, right now. I get it. The Jewish half of my family was…involved in WWII.

But here’s why you’re wrong. As Allen Ginsberg, a Jew and a more accomplished activist than almost anyone in the past century reminded us, “Aggression begets aggression.” As Trungpa Rinpoche reminded us, if we don’t tame our own selves first, we will only create further confusion in the world as we try to forcibly change it for the better.

Not convinced? I don’t blame you. Here’s more:

This is not about agreeing with Nazis, or sympathizing. This is about defending someone’s right to be wrong. Freedom of Speech—remember that the ACLU has a proud history of defending the Nazi’s right to protest up and down our Main Streets. This is in our Constitution.

Not convinced? It’s also moral: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We win not by anger, but by listening and talking and creating peace when it’s hardest to do so. Finally, I recommend this approach: it’s on Netflix right now. 

A lot of us are (understandably) hating on Nazis and racists right now. But Daryl Davis has a more effective, and better, and braver, and more American idea:

“On the top are Anti-Racist protestors in Boston, on the bottom is the Alt-Right “free speech” rally they were protesting.” (i.redd.it)

“Boston is marching 15,000 strong according to police estimates. Absolutely beautiful.” ~ thedorkofyork, on Reddit.

Boston, today:

A great Reddit comment:

I hope she has the mouse-over text printed On the other side. Those are sometimes the best part.

edit: I was right, it is the best part. Here you go guys.

I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.


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Susan Rebecca Thomas Sep 13, 2018 5:40pm

I purchased one of these caps about a year age and was wondering if I could purchase several to sell in my coffee shop in Glenwood Springs Co. I am also interested in having "Things I Would Like To Do Woth You" offered to sell in our retail area.

Jerzy Zagroba Aug 21, 2017 2:13pm

Great post! This is wisdom so many need to reflect on. Doffing my hat to the enlightened warrior Daryl Davis.

Cathryn Huff Aug 21, 2017 4:28am

I'm impressed with your reasonable, gentle and "modest proposal"...it's sort of unexpected, and surprisingly refreshing:-) Thanks:-)

Jenna Trostle Aug 21, 2017 2:41am

I'm completely amazed that you're selling a hat that will help "plant a tree" and make you profit as a way of "addressing" the enmity that is being felt across the country right now. This isn't mindful, it's sticking your head in the sand and profitting off of the unrest that is occuring all over the country. I'm cancelling my subscription to Elephant Journal and giving the money to the NAACP or BLM-- at least they're trying to protect people from hate groups. Read articles from http://theroot.com/ and medium (https://medium.com/bigger-picture/unlimited-tolerance-breads-intolerance-4e5a2371b8f1) and immerse yourself in multiple perspectives. I would encourage everyone, particularly white people, to donate money towards activist groups that stand up and support PoC and marginalized communities. This isn't the time to be complacent, this is a time to actively work towards nonviolent solutions to hatred, and I just don't think a hat is in any way a constructive part of the dialogue and engagement that we need to be having right now.

Ashlee Ray Aug 20, 2017 3:07pm

I love how you write. This piece especially resonated with the deepest part of my core. Thank you for cultivating this space where the powerful words we write become a movement, that whether you're aware of it or not, is changing the world! Thank you Waylon Lewis. Thank you Elephant Journal! (BIG applause)

Marian Ziegler-McAfee Aug 19, 2017 2:47pm

Just curious about the material. Appears very soft :) thx.

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.