Policy by a Principle of Love


I occasionally get asked about my platform. I can talk about specific issues that I think are important and have tried to do that in these posts as well as on my website. But my larger project is to think of my stance on these issues coming forth from a single principle that can really provide a guide to many issues and circumstances. Let me explain first with an analogy a friend of mine speaks often about. He contends that even though there are volumes of vehicle code that exist, that when we drive a vehicle from place to place we are actually operating under a principle of safety. In other words, we do not have to drive with a law book in hand to operate safely. The vast majority of times we get in the car, we travel without incident because we drive under this principle of safety.  

In a similar way, I have come to believe that if we operate within our lives with a spirit of love, we can do great things for each other and in turn, our town.

Yeah, I know love is usually not discussed in politics so bare with me. What might it mean to run a city with this spirit of love? It would mean that we prioritize human need before the interests of a business’ needs. Or it could mean that we express care for our environment because doing so shows our love for our neighbors. Through love we might also set goals that benefit animals, such as expanding our animal shelters. Acting under this principle makes issues surprisingly clear. Caring for those on the margins of our society becomes a obvious and something we are compelled to do. Policing and criminal justice that is guided with love can radically change the ways in which we view incarceration. Allowing seniors to live full and dignified lives is also a way to express love. Enforcing safe building codes to ensure the safety of our neighbors also becomes clear…. The list goes on and on. 

The great thing about serving the community in this way is that we begin to start thinking about others in a more empathetic and well, loving way. We work towards goals that benefit everyone, not just some of us. We begin to see human suffering as our project, collectively, to fix. Where we may feel helpless as individuals addressing the needs of our community, collective action is big enough to address these needs. Together we can do this. 

Eric Whedbee