trust the instinct of your humanness

I listen to podcasts, many days, to avoid the news of the day, not to ignore it, but to take a break from it.

One of my favorite podcasts is On Being with Krista Tippett.

This morning I was listening to her conversation with Ramon Estevez. You may know him as Martin Sheen.

She asked him a question about what it meant to him spiritually to play the President on the West Wing.

Here is his response:

“Well, what we do for a living — that is, artists — is we live on the energy of our imagination. Our imagination projects us to fulfill our work. And it is the one sure measure of authenticity, is to use your imagination to explore realities. And so working as an actor on The West Wing, reflecting the most powerful office in the world, it seemed to me the most important thing was to project the humanity of that office, and that whoever occupied it had a responsibility to be more human than anyone else around him. And to trust the instinct of your humanness, to embrace all of the brokenness, and the insecurities and the fear and anxiety, and to trust in something higher — that as long as you were doing your best to be honest and forthright, that you would come out on even ground. And I trusted that as an actor.”

I was taken by “and that whoever occupied it had a responsibility to be more human than anyone else around him.”

And by “that as long as you were doing your best to be honest and forthright, that you would come out on even ground.”

By it, he means the office of the Presidency.

I wonder if either candidate in this election truly understands that?