How do we start again? It’s time for a new topic of conversation, because let’s face it, we can’t agree to disagree in this political climate. This country is comprised of two sides with two different value systems. All of you know what they are and you know which side is yours. What I will point out is that neither side knows how to define the values of the other side in a way that doesn’t ring as untrue and offensive. Both sides are correct based on their value systems and both sides are wrong as a result of their disrespect toward the opposition. Nobody wins in this relationship. It’s time to come together over something different.
We can’t change each other. In fact, we aren’t supposed to. Good can’t exist without evil, so even if you view the opposition as evil, let’s be grateful that we have the polarity to define ourselves. If both sides believe themselves to be forces for good, what is it that makes us good? As an adjective, the definition of good is 1) to be desired or approved of and 2) having the qualities for a particular role. Essentially, we can’t be good unless other people desire to be with us, approve of us and agree we have good qualities.
This begs the question, how can we be good in the eyes of the other side? Imagine for a moment that you work for a company called Good. They have excellent branding and all of their employees are good people. More likely than not, Good people are kind. They believe you and your concerns are valid and they listen closely to what you have to say. Good people speak gently. They are compassionate and just. Good people understand that we all make mistakes and speak out of line when we are stressed and they are forgiving. Good people make a point not to hurt others. Good people help others, even ones they don’t particularly care for or agree with. Good people focus on the task at hand and work well as a team to reach the best possible outcome for everyone. Good people do no harm.
Are you a good person? If the answer to this is yes, then it’s time to put your values into action. Let’s stop insulting each other through memes that separate us from them. Let’s stop commenting when others voice their opinions or concerns and instead remain respectfully silent. Let’s go out into the world and support those organizations that will make a difference in the populations which need our help. You don’t have to cross your moral line. If we are to remain the land of the free we need to stop interfering with what others are doing and point the finger toward ourselves. If you believe in protecting the citizens of this country then support our police and military. If you believe in protecting the marginalized, immigrants, poor and homeless, then volunteer your time and money in those directions. If you want to see better government, volunteer your services or run for office. Whatever you decide, it’s time to take your armchair activism from the keyboard to the field. As government funding is cut, citizens will have to step up with their time and talent. Whether you voted for it or not, this is the new climate and humanity needs us to make it work.
It’s time to stop judging each other and put our efforts in the game. After all, if we’re not on the side of good, then we’re on the other side, right?
Much love and many blessings,
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