** Unsolicited Political Opinion **
Over the past year so I have become very concerned about the divisiveness that only seems to be growing in our country. I have watched people become estranged and disconnected from lifelong friends and even family based on statements in support for or against a political party or individual. So I thought I would share this excerpt from Washington’s farewell address.
[Party spirit] agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
Washington then went on to advise us that a knowledgeable population, one that is acting not on behalf of a party agenda, but on behalf of the country is the key to maintaining our Democratic Republic.
So, my unsolicited opinion is that we as a nation need to separate whatever legislation is being proposed from the party or individuals proposing it. Focus on whether it’s constitutional, whether it is in the best interest of our nation, and then finally whether it is in our own best interest.
I would like to close this post with one more unsolicited opinion. Just because someone disagrees with your position on something does not mean that you are right and they are wrong. It does not mean they are stupid and you are intelligent. And by all means it doesn’t change the person with whom you are disagreeing . In fact, the most likely scenario is that you are both wrong and both right to varying degrees. So please, learn to tolerate opposing viewpoints. Seek to understand what their position is. Seek to learn from them. You may find that your own position changes and, if not agreeing to disagree on something is a lot better than losing a friend or loved one to an opinion. Especially if that opinion has been dictated to you by someone else. As the British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”
Let’s focus on putting the KIND back in mankind and we will all be better off.
If you made it this far…congrats….and thanks.