Love of Political Differences
Posted on February 27, 2020 by dragonspitapothecary
Today it seems we are not allowed to be different or have a difference in opinion. If we do we can expect a backlash of how wrong we are and how could we be so limited. We talk about equal rights and loving one another regardless of differences, respecting one another to live the life we all have a right to live and yet we don’t honor that. We don’t uphold that at all if it is different than how we think it should be done. We really don’t seem to allow for room of everyone not believing, thinking or seeing things the same way as we do. Scroll through any social media to see what I mean. Better yet post something political and see the outrage it generates – regardless of which side your vote!
This is an election year and yet it seems we have been living in the times of elections endlessly for years! We have let our opinion of who is in office or our government drive us apart from another. The comments and blasting of how unjust it all is and what it all means is everywhere with everyone shouting their beliefs are how we should live and be governed. Right or left it doesn’t matter because there is accusations, meanness and flat out offensive behavior on both sides. We are not respecting one another’s right to differing views on a political level. We are not listening at all to one another for how to fix the problems in our country or how to move forward in a positive future. We are all focused on our own views of what is right and wrong, what is left and what is right. What we need and screw the other guy as long as we get our share.
There’s an old line of wisdom that says we should never discuss religion or politics with family and friends. We should respect one another’s opinions and anticipate we will be different but love one another enough to let each live as they see right. These words of wisdom have spared many a fight and argument. However, ignoring that we are different doesn’t make it anymore accepted or us any more able to listen to a difference in opinion and belief. We find ourselves becoming defensive, angry, accusatory and ready to shred that relationship over a difference in belief and worldview. for some reason the political landscape of our government has turned into a daily passion we have that is causing us to blame, separate, isolate and behave in ways that is tearing apart the fabric of our families, friends and communities. It is a very sad state to see a relationship end because we cannot respectfully listen, talk through and find ways to develop common ground.
How something like who our president is has become such a hotbed of angst for so many in our society is mind boggling. How have we let this one single job in our country become the propeller to destroy relationships, separate us from friends and taint our views of one another is simply incomprehensible. While I respect everyone has a view of what our government should look like and operate as it is still something that changes every two and four years. Eventually if you don’t like something you can see it change in just a couple years. So why we want to ruin lifelong relationships over it is devastating!
All month I’ve written on this topic of love and I want to say that it too applies to these taboo topics of religion and politics. Love is needed so badly in these areas of conversation and rude comments we are posting on social media slamming one another for differing beliefs. Oh yes we definitely need some love on social media. We have become a people of such high sensitivity and are so easily offended at every little thing that we have left no room for difference or love between us. If we are not of a single mind then we cannot be of a single heart it seems.