Politics is ugly, ain’t it?
Add social media to the mix and we get complete strangers insulting complete strangers over their choices.
Choices they were quite within their rights to make.
The thing about elections is they divide people, one side against the other, a winner and a loser.
But, when it comes down to it, there’s going to be one government that represents the whole country, every single one of us.
There is no other here.
The only losers are all of us if we turn against each other.
And, if we’ve learned anything lately, it’s that governments don’t always represent our values as they should, so it’s up to us to stick together and live our values, act morally, be human.
Where did this look out for our own, degrade the other, us vs them mentality come from?
Have we always had it? Is it just becoming more visible now?
I listened to a talk recently with Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle about healing a divided world, and they said there’s never been a time in history where there hasn’t been conflict.
How sad is that?
How is kindness not the easiest, most fundamental thing that we teach in school?
And, the thing with social media—it’s not real time. We can so easily stop before we hit enter and ask—is this really necessary?
Is it useful? Is it kind?
Even better, stop before we type it in the first place.
There is never, ever, never any just reason to harm, insult, degrade anyone else.
Despite our differences, when it comes right down to it, we’re all humans trying to live as well as we can and be as happy as we can for as long as we can.
There is no other.
There is only us.