Friday, September 14, 2012

Thoughts

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.


  In a year that a very important election is coming up for the United States it puzzles me why so many people seem afraid to talk or write about politics.  

Why is it that something that could vastly affect all our lives, and even the world seems to be such an avoided topic?  It should unite us but instead seems to divide us.

There have been studies that show politics divide us more then race, gender or age.  

It's sad that in this day and age people cannot simply have intelligent, open discussions about such things without fear or other negative emotions getting in the way.  And what is the fear really....fear that people will lose friends, or maybe  followers on social media, or that others will dislike them simply because of their beliefs or opinions?  

The beauty of the United States is everyone is free to believe what they may.  But the problem is people don't seem comfortable in accepting that others may be different from them but they can still be friends and get along. 

 Essentially we all learn more from our differences than our likeness. Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. So why is it the big topics like politics, religion, finances, etc, are so often ignored. As if ignoring ever really solves anything, it surely doesn't help make the world a better place. 
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When it comes to politics wish there were no political parties as it only seems to breed a judgement of sorts.  People should run on their own voice, not some party that tells them what their platform needs to be. Parties cause others to judge a candidate before they even truly know them.  How many people truly know what each individual candidate stands for, their achievements or what they want to accomplish? 

United States is in an election year where every ones voice needs to be heard, and needs to be counted.  People need to talk about this stuff.  Notice I said talk, not argue. Simply listen to what each other has to say without any judgement, condemnation, defensiveness or other such negativeness. Do we realize the special gift in even being able to speak freely?  Or even having the right to vote? 

There is no right or wrong, no one's beliefs or opinions are any less important than others.    Somehow if we could only all find a way to work together, no matter our beliefs, opinions, ideals, religions, etc. the world would be a better place. But the biggest question remains how? 

 This is our world and the only way to change it is by discussion, hard work, unity and a lot of compromise.  Politics should not be a feared topic to discuss, nor should it be one we harshly judge others by.  Our society spends way too much time judging and not enough time trying to understand, getting to know and most of all learning from others.  We need to learn to come together as a collective whole, differences and all.  It's the only way to make this world a better place. 

Politics is like everything else in life. We all have things we like and dislike about ourselves,others and the world around us. There will always be things we each agree and disagree about.  It's a fact politics divides people. Placing a wedge between me, you and what could be. But let's see if we can rise above, come together and pursue happiness like we were once promised and are still eligible for by our forefathers. 

Here is an article I came across on the internet that is rather inspiring as well. 

What Unites Us


"Anyone that faults another for their beliefs rather then respecting their right to have a different opinion isn't worth having as a friend."

 

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