When Kenn Blanchard asked me to write briefly about what this country needs to get back on track, I said sure. No problem. And I started thinking about reopening and business stimulus plans that don’t further inflate our national debt. Simple enough. But then riots started in all the major cities. Businesses large and small, owned by people of every race… indiscriminately ransacked and put to the torch so completely it would be shocking to even 10th century Vikings.
All the sudden my contribution agreement became really complicated.
Or so I thought at first. Because when I looked into myself, deep down to how I truly felt about our nation and the answer rang out to me like a clear bell. What this nation needs is love. We need, as a nation is an outpouring of love and understanding. We need to look past all the boundary lines that society and the media have put down on us to keep us divided. We have Racial lines. We have Class lines. We have these arbitrary socio-economic lines. And we have lines that mark different geo-political boundaries that we have allowed to define us as who we are individually and as a people. You have been categorized and filed and regardless of your opinions or feelings, that’s the identity card you have been dealt.
It’s easy to just pick up a flag and give it a few waves and exclaim that we are all “Americans”. Unless you are not and are thus not a part of this particular group, and thus are not in this box. No… That doesn’t work here. We need to look past that too. We need to look at each other simply as fellow humans. As people. As brothers and sisters.
While we may have different opinions on things, we need to look at them first and accept that that person has a different point of view and that opinion is to them just as valid as yours is to you. Every coin has two sides and just declaring that one side is right and the other wrong is accepting a division line that caused so much grief in our world. What about the road that person has traveled and all his or her experience that brought them to that opinion? Look of the phrase about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. If you do that, you might come to understand how that person sees their situation and can then appreciate why they feel the way they feel. This is the start of a civil and reasonable conversation.
Once we see those others as people too, we can then understand their needs. We can respect them as a person instead of the other side. And then a remarkable thing can happen. You can work together. This sounds like a lot of fluff considering what’s happening out there. A lot of hippie peace and beads waving. But look at what’s happening again. I am seeing a whole lot of people who feel so disenfranchised with things that their only recourse is to protest. To lash out.
This is how far we have slipped. To have allowed ourselves to become so segmented and divided that we are physically attacking each other. And the results of this are heart wrenching to the point that it makes me feel sick to my stomach.
We need to come together as a people. United not for any cause… not for the sake of any division line. But for our own sakes. We need a national outpouring of love and charity for each other.
Once we have that… Everything else will fall into place and we can rebuild our nation under the ideals that founded it. Life and Liberty.