We are living in a very polarizing era right now. Everyone has an opinion about something, and they seem to hate those who they disagree with.
Case in point, every four years, here in the United States, we have a massive shit show known as the Presidential Election.
In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a process where we take two high profile people, and we argue for the better part of a year over which one of those two people are best suited to run the country.
In this process, the nation is split down the middle, and a large chunk of the population will believe that one candidate can do no wrong, and has all of the undisputed answers for how to handle all of the problems that we face in society, while the other chunk of the population believes the same, but for the other candidate.
Of course, there’s always a minority of people who try to think for themselves, and are willing to consider that both candidates make valid points, and that there is no such thing as a perfect candidate…
But in a world such as ours which deals in absolutes, there’s little room for shades of gray. You’re either a bigoted, gun toting conservative, or you’re an intolerant snowflake liberal.
I’d like to think that we can evolve past this.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the democratic process. I think it’s great. However, I don’t think it’s something that we should be focusing so much of our energy towards.
We should be trying to make the most of our lives… trying to look to the positive. Stop trying to be so hateful and assume the worst about other people.
We’re putting our time and energy into the wrong things, and to coin a phrase, we’re looking for love in all the wrong places.
So much has been said for the military industrial complex, but a recent beast has arisen, and that is the entertainment industrial complex.
Dramatic storytelling in the form of mass media has become a very big thing in this day and age, and one constant thing about dramatic storytelling is that there has to be some form of conflict. There has to be an enemy. An adversary.
Real life, however, doesn’t need to be like fiction. There doesn’t always need to be an enemy. We don’t always have to point the finger at each other. We can choose to look past our differences, to acknowledge them and respect them.
So, my vow for myself, and with the grace of God, I hope to stay on track with this vow, is to do my part to not add fuel to these explosive arguments.
- Whether pineapple belongs on pizza
- …and many more!
Now, I’m not saying that I won’t have an opinion on these topics. I’m not even saying that I’m not going to talk about them. What I am saying is that I dislike the negative bias that the human race seems to have.
Negativity is like a magnet that draws people in so that they can get angry and lash out at others who don’t see eye to eye with them.
Instead, I like things that bring people together… that unite them.