Holy shit, people are getting so hysterical nowadays. It seems so many people think our country is in crisis and may possibly be doomed? Look online, so many people think this world is completely fucked. We have a crazy president... our democracy is in turmoil… we are going to be nuked…. All I can say is that it is time to take a breath America. It is time to work together and not fight each other constantly. Our media, pop-culture, and political pundits have made so much crazy noise to make us hate each other more. I look at all this chaos and I can’t help but laugh. It’s not all real. It’s hype, propaganda, hyperbole… whatever terms you want to choose… Have we forgotten that we are humans? We are supposed to think issues and situations through to create rational solutions together. We don’t just keep forcing the same stuff down each other’s throats and then scream at each other in response!
Has anyone ever asked why so many people in our country painfully refuse to compromise? I get it, some of you bleed blue or red, but come on. I mean it is such a shame when your political representatives refuse to even talk with those on the other side of the table. Talk about awful role models. It can’t be that hard to find a home in social and political neutrality. I have had several conversations with people from all walks of life and we all can’t be the only people who understand that “our opinions are not the only right ones.” Although I have several political differences with many of my peers, we get along. Not only do we get along, but we make great compromises! We do so by trying to understand the other’s perspective and not just our own. Compromises have allowed us to work better than we could have ever imagined doing the things our own way!
I can’t be the only person who can see why a guy like me growing up upper middle class in a suburb can’t ever speak for someone growing up in near poverty hood. I have never lived the way they have so how can I ever judge them for their political views or religious views? Or how could I ever force them to live their life my way. We have lived in two completely different realities. However, by talking with them and getting to know and understand why they are who they are, I became close to many of these people. I was fascinated in finding the differences between our lifestyles and upbringing. Once I sat down and learned what their problems were, I started thinking more “How could we solve the issues together?” rather than “That sucks for them.” All because I generally cared about what they thought and how we could help each other out.
We need to learn to listen. Do you hear me? Learn to listen and care and maybe some of you will stop thinking the world is going to end. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.“ You may disagree with someone else’s ideas, but you need to be able to understand and sympathize with the other person and not just mock them. “We the People,” have the power to move forward from ancient political practices and social upheaval. Grow the Hell up America. I am sick of not moving forward because of the culturally ignorant. Especially when the culturally ignorant are not the majority of this country!