The way we’ve treated each other has become more polarizing over the years. There used to be a common respect and an understanding of different viewpoints. However, we’ve become vulcanized through misunderstandings and opposite opinions.
It’s all part of the game with identity politics. We often say, I can’t associate with a certain person because of their affiliations. This type of attitude is synonymous with our current state of affairs in the world. Instead of getting to know someone and deciding if we like them for the content of their character, we judge them for who they voted for or whether there is an ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to their name.
This has to stop. We’ve become a society of ‘us vs. them’, and too often it nixes an opportunity for us to come together for the greater good. It’s hard to fathom that before any of the added associations we’re still and always be Americans. We feel this deeper when tragedy strikes. The time when people set aside their differences to act with simple humanity.
As someone once said, “Bullets don’t have names.” They don’t discriminate when it comes to taking a life. We should have the same decency towards each other regardless of what’s going on in the world. Imagine what that would be like. Actually caring for those around us without prejudice or reservations.
Although, that’s not the view of some politicians who use other people’s pain for notoriety. It’s time to stop allowing our elected leaders a platform during mass casualty situations to push their agenda. The same ones who find the exits when the camera crews pack up and hit the road.