Wednesday, June 10, 2015
More In Common
When folks have something intelligent to say, that's just fine. When it's propaganda for propaganda's sake, it sucks.
At the very heart of the whole of the ideological spectrum, or from a religious or "moral" standpoint, there are common elements that both sides of the aisle share, but we're often too busy running our damned mouths to even notice. You see, it's easy to be pissed off and stay pissed off because of "righteous indignation," and it gathers a crowd who end up screaming for someone's blood, but at the foundation, we have more in common with one another than we have reasons to riot. Here are a few examples of what I am getting at:
African American President: This generation has made history by electing a man whose skin color would have gotten him killed in parts of the country not 60 years ago. Both sides of the aisle want to see our country safe, prosperous, caring, strong, and effective. The hardcore left loves the President just because of his skin color, and there are those on the hardcore right who hate him for the same reason. But at the bottom line, you'll find that we all want the President to succeed because for him to succeed means that the whole of the country succeeds. I'm not a fan of many of his policies but it his policies I abhor, not the color of his skin.
Football: At a football game, there are supporters of one side and supporters of the other. No one cares what political party you belong to because what matters is the game and the team. Period.
Comedy: We all love to laugh and that excludes no one. Humor is a uniquely human attribute and it doesn't matter if you're a Lutheran, a Methodist, a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Baptist, or an agnostic - we all love to laugh and there isn't anything wrong with that.
No Hungry Children: Not a single person I know would advocate that any child should go hungry. Not a one. Conservatives and liberals alike see the problem as real, but often, nothing gets done.
You see? We have great things in common and if we only had the courage to cherish those things rather than fight about issues of little impact, the world as we know it today would change. Granted, there will always be the criminal element lurking about, but as a general rule, peace with one another is better than conflict.
Social media is a great place for positivity and a celebration of commonalities to start. One person can share a positive note with friends and the result is someone's day is made more bright. One person can surprise a friend with a sweet message and provide comfort for someone suffering from depression. Sharing information about progress, about volunteerism, about planting a garden are all very positive and fun things to see on social media rather than the argumentative tripe we see spewing forth today. Don't you get tired of the duplicity on both sides? Wouldn't it be nice to see everyone within our sphere of influence just get along and not try to eat each others' flesh with vitriol?
Hell, I'm as guilty as any, if not more so because I was a talk show host.
Of course, this is just my opinion and if you disagree with me, you're probably one of those long-haired, Birkenstock-wearing, dope smoking, hippie. Or you're a conservative, fascist, racist, homophobic, idiot. Either way, you know I'm right.