Bernie Sanders explains how he feels about how we are all interrelated and that we are in fact all in this–this life, this planet–together. That everything that each of us says or does has an impact on each other, whether it is directly or indirectly, whether it is intentional or unintentional.
Yet another beautiful impactful sentiment from the man that I hope is our next President.
Cuomo references an answer that Bernie gave to a question in New Hampshire that his “religion” is that “we are all in this together.” Cuomo then asks Bernie, “Explain to people what’s in your head and in your heart motivates that togetherness.”
Bernie’s response, included in the video below, went like this:
Every great religion in the world — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism — essentially comes down to: “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” What I have believed in my whole life — I believed it when I was a 22-year-old kid getting arrested in Chicago fighting segregation — I’ve believed it in my whole life.
That we are in this together — not just, not words. The truth is at some level when you hurt, when your children hurt, I hurt. I hurt. And when my kids hurt, you hurt. And it’s very easy to turn our backs on kids who are hungry, or veterans who are sleeping out on the street, and we can develop a psyche, a psychology which is “I don’t have to worry about them; all I’m gonna worry about is myself; I need to make another 5 billion dollars.”
But I believe that what human nature is about is that everybody in this room impacts everybody else in all kinds of ways that we can’t even understand. It’s beyond intellect. It’s a spiritual, emotional thing. So I believe that when we do the right thing, when we try to treat people with respect and dignity, when we say that that child who is hungry is my child, I think we are more human when we do that, than when we say “hey, this whole world is me, I need more and more, I don’t care about anyone else.” That’s my religion. That’s what I believe in.
And I think most people around the world — whatever their religion, their color — share that belief. That we are in it together as human beings. And it becomes more and more practical. If we destroy the planet because we don’t deal with climate change. Trust me, we are all in it together… and that is what my spirituality is about.
Bernie gives me hope for humanity.