Stand, kneel, sit…take sides, stand by your beliefs…but is anyone listening to the other side? It seems that no matter the controversy, we are shutting down conversation and choosing to stay in our bubble of beliefs. We are holding steadfast in what we believe to be true but is it really true and can there be any forward movement or resolution if we don’t engage, debate, and have a civil discourse? How can we compromise without a conversation? How can we forge a better, more inclusive world if all we want to hear is our voice and voices like ours?
Obviously, we can’t…and until we do, we will see more of these destructive events – whether man made or nature made that are pushing us to work together, to see the human on the other side, to help each other, to love one another – like we are meant to do. We cannot forge a better world if the world we want to live in only has one side. It must include all sides, all voices, all beliefs, and be a compromise and an expression of freedom of all for all.
It’s not about being right or wrong, it’s not about religion, it’s not about education, it’s about removing the “I” and becoming a “we”. A single person can affect a lot of “we” – as shown today in Las Vegas. How many lives has one single person destroyed and disrupted? Many, too many…think about that. If you’ve ever felt that you don’t matter, that your actions don’t matter, you couldn’t be more wrong. Each one of us is an important part of the whole, no one is insignificant, and everyone’s actions matter. All of us have to start caring about the “we” – I am “we”, you are “we”, we are “we”. Burst your bubble and stand together. Stop taking sides and see all sides, forge a bridge to the other side, become “we” with all sides. You can still be an individual with your own beliefs but what you cannot do is stand apart from the “we”. The other side is not bad, evil, or hateful. The other side is part of “we” and therefore it’s you.