What a year it has been in politics! Oh the arguments, the mud-slinging, the stubbornness, the divisiveness, the stark black and white of it all. ARRRRRGH! It just makes you want to scream “ENOUGH ALREADY!”
As a democratic nation we have tended to look to our leaders to provide the solutions for our nation’s problems. Of course, depending upon our life circumstances, each of us has developed our own opinions as to which solutions are best. And so begins the decline of American civility. We use brash, if not altogether inaccurate generalizations to describe the “other side.” We stand guard over, and defend our ideals so fiercely that we tend to forget why we even have them in the first place. We lose our humanity – our ability to empathize, to understand and to ultimately address the issues that we so adamantly fight for.
If we ever hope to overcome these seemingly unending, if not ever escalating social problems, we must come to realize that WE ARE THE SOLUTION! Not our ideals or our opinions, but us – mind, body and soul! We are the solution!
Have we become a nation of indifferent citizens? Have we turned a blind eye to the root of the problem? Have we become a nation of every man for themselves?
I would like to think not. Not yet anyway.
But, if we continue down this path of division, we will find ourselves embroiled in an ideological civil war so fierce, I fear the American landscape will be forever scarred by the brutality of it all.
So I implore you, my fellow American citizens to remove your stained, bitter, and discolored glasses, and see your fellow citizens as they are – human beings – mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, business owners, teachers, immigrants, young or old, rich or poor – just trying to carve out a little slice of the American dream.
Rather than pass judgment, start a discussion. Begin to understand their past and you will begin to understand their present, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. I can assure you, the differences will melt away, and you will be left simply, with two human beings, just trying to live their lives as best they know how.
Let us unite as a human race, as Americans, and move beyond our differences to solve the common problems that affect us all!
“The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, and love.”
~ Bertrand Russell quotes (English Logician and Philosopher 1872-1970)