It seems silly to write something like a blog post about something trivial when there is so much going on in our country right now. So, I’m taking this one post to write down some thoughts I have about a more serious subject matter than I normally talk about.
Mostly I want to talk about having understanding, compassion and respect for human lives. And I don’t mean only human lives that mimic your own. Or only human lives that are in your inner circle. Or only human lives that have the same beliefs that you do.
I’m talking about humans, as in, the life force on Earth. As in, all of the people who have exactly what you have inside: the same red blood and the same beating heart.
Take away all of the exterior things that we so often base our judgments and opinions on. Stop seeing skin colors. Stop seeing religion. Stop seeing income. Stop seeing sexual orientation. Stop seeing a political affiliation.
Why, why, why are we still dealing with such a division of people in 2016? Haven’t we all fought so hard over the years to get away from this very thing? To become more inclusive and more understanding? Not the other way around.
We need to remember that it’s okay to disagree with someone and then move on with our day. Remember that it’s okay to have a different religion, skin color, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, opinion on politics, etc. and still respect someone. To be able to say, “I disagree with you, but I understand why you have that opinion.” To say, “I’d like to learn more about why you feel that way about (insert subject here).” To say, “I’m really glad we were able to talk about (xyz), I’ve never really looked at it from that point of view.”
I have friends who believe much differently than I do on lots of things, but you know what? We still get along because we respect each other enough to know where each other is coming from. That’s what it’s all about, folks. Our whole person is not defined by one thing. We are a sum of many ideas, opinions, beliefs and actions. There’s enough evil in this world already, why create more?
Let’s all try to open our minds more instead of closing them. It’s a much more peaceful place.
“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” – Jimmy Carter