It is Time to Heal
I'm sure of it. November 3rd will not solve any of our problems.
In fact, it will just make it worse. I mean, whatever the outcome, whoever
wins, there will be 1/2 the American public upset, angry and fearful.
Today I was talking to a close friend who just happens to be on the other
side of the fence… politically speaking. He said that he didn't put up
any political signs in front of his house for fear that the liberals would
attack him and his house.
"That's really funny," I said. "I felt the same fear about the
No matter how we got here, it is clear-- both sides fear the other. Where
does this fear of our neighbors come from? The Unknown. We don't know our
neighbors, we don't understand them. In this election, we have initiatives
designed by some neighbors to hurt other neighbors. How is this possible?
Clearly, the initiative-making neighbors are fearful of the others and want
to get a jump on the attack they must feel is coming.
One of the political pamphlets I got in the mail stated that if we don't
ban gay marriage, homosexuality would be taught in our schools. Granted, I
couldn't quite connect those dots, but it shows to me that these neighbors
are scared. They are so scared of them that they want to hurt them. Fear,
anger, and hatred breeds more fear, anger and hatred.
But discussing the initiatives is not what I want to bother with now. I
want to discuss how to heal. For that's what time it is. It is time to
Politics is just our organized way of living together. The house rules, so
to speak. And while we all agree to flush the toilet when we are done, what
time we eat is up to us to decide. The problems before us are the most
difficult. If they weren't difficult, we would have solved them years ago.
But the only way we are going to work through them (call it marriage
counseling for the nation) is to get to know each other. This includes
their views, their ideology, their perspective.
Perhaps, continuing with my earlier example, neighbors scared of their gay
neighbors should have them over and get to know them. Perhaps, the gay
neighbors should go to church so that the members that fear them could see
what nice neighbors they are. I know, I know, few gays would feel welcome
in church, but I think you get the idea… in order to heal ourselves, we
have to get to know ourselves.
So you've picked your initiative, your ideology, your political slant, and
now it is time to get to know the neighbors on the other side of that
fence. We aren't that different. We all seem to have similar goals, but we
have different ideas on the route to get there. And let's face, none of us
know. We're all in the same fog. So let's hold hands and try to figure our
way out by talking. By understanding.
And a bit of tolerance is a great place to start.
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