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WATCH: Davidson Loehr: How You Should Vote

To me as a minister, voting is above all else a spiritual activity, where we can speak up for our deepest and most cherished values and beliefs. When we vote, we are standing before our God, before all that is holy to us. —Davidson Loehr
Davidson Loehr has always had a heretical streak, beginning when he was just six years old. His Sunday school teacher told his class the story of the Holy Trinity. Not bad, Davidson said, “but next time, lose the ghost.” Now, with all these conservative ministers telling their congregations how they should vote, Loehr wants to throw his hat in the ring. Of course, he has a unique perspective.
Many of you know the story about two wolves that comes from our Native American tradition. A young boy who was the strongest and most popular boy in the tribe went to see his grandfather for some wisdom. He was strong and clever enough to take whatever he wanted from others, and one voice within him said he should do it. On the other hand, he felt it wasn’t fair, taking things from others that they needed, just because he could get away with it. His grandfather nodded, and said yes, he had the same two voices within him. He thought of them as two wolves. One always urged him to take what he could get away with, to use his advantages over others to his own advantage, not theirs. The other wolf always wanted him to be decent, compassionate, someone who was a blessing to all around him rather than just to himself.
According to Loehr, we all have these wolves inside us. So, which wolf wins? Watch now:


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