The rhetoric of the 2016 presidential race is inciting a divisive tone in the country. In recent weeks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has been at the center of the battle as violence has escalated at his rallies and an increase in anti-Trump movements.
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With a nation at a political crossroads, spiritual leader and renowned author, Dr. Deepak Chopra talked with FOXBusiness.com to weigh in on the direction of the country.
“Politics is not a very pleasant game. There is a lot of power mongering, influence peddling and cronyism and corruption that goes with the word politics. We need a different leader right now,” Chopra, founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being, said.
Chopra who has advised political leaders around the world said the collective consciousness of voters will determine who will be the next president of the United States. He said there is a stark difference in the tone between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Trump.
“He [Trump] represents a state of collective consciousness of fear that has dormant prejudice and hatred. He is inspiring that in those people that it already exists but is lying dormant and he is the catalyst for bringing it out. So this is a moment of sobriety for all of us to see that this is part of our dark side," Chopra said, adding the billionaire businessman is tapping into the country’s “dark side.”
“He represents our shadow. He represents our collective shadow that includes you and me because there is no one who doesn’t have a shadow,” Chopra said.
He said the “shadow” comes from each individual’s conditioning, derived from being “brought up in a certain environment.”
In his book, “The Soul of Leadership” Chopra explains the collective aspirations for a better life. He went on to explain the soul of Trump’s leadership versus Clintons.
“I think Donald Trump is appealing to the earlier stages of this development of our survival safety and he knows how to bring that instinct out through fear mongering. I think Hillary Clinton represents self –esteem, statesmanship and creativity,”Chopra said.
He said the GOP should consider Trump’s rise in power a red flag.
“Mr. Trump has very efficiently ambushed and hijacked the Republican party. Even the Republican party now should be forewarned that if he turns out to be the frontrunner, that’s the end of the Republican party,” Chopra said.
As Election Day draws near, Chopra said the nation must look within to select the future leader of the free world.
”We can never blame our leaders for anything we can only take responsibility for electing those leaders especially in a democracy. Be very careful who you choose you are going to get ultimately what you deserve,” Chopra said.