Just a few short weeks ago we saw a small percentage of Americans in Charlottesville Virginia, divided into two groups. Violence erupted, one person was tragically and violently killed, and several were injured.
As I watched, read and listened to the news concerning Charlottesville I wondered how much impact this particular incident would have across the nation. Is the division in our country growing to a point where it must fully implode and then it become a tipping point to which there will be no return?
You may be like me and you don’t want to be pinned down to a specific ideology and you prefer to listen, watch or read about a specific topic or thought and reach your own conclusions. Unfortunately and consistently you will be put in into some sort of pre-labeled box. Just because of one particular belief you may have you will be considered either republican or democrat, left or right, liberal or conservative, about love or hate, free thinking or close minded.
It is not necessary to have all these neat little boxes in which to stuff each and every individual. Can’t each of us be a free thinking American who have the ability to be his or herself? We don’t need to be divided and continue to fight. Why not? Because nobody wins. We all lose because we are working against each other rather than working together.
On June 16th 1858, Abraham Lincoln stood in the Hall of Representatives in the Illinois statehouse and warned those present that, “ A house divided cannot stand”. Jesus is recorded in 3 of the 4 gospels giving us the same warning.
That’s where our nation seemed to be, a house divided, until…
Watching and listening to the news these past few days, I, like many of you, have witnessed that when a catastrophe hits in America the true human spirit emerges and is put on full display for our entire nation and the whole world to see. When a category 4 hurricane dumps 40 plus inches of rain it doesn’t matter whether you’re black, brown or white, Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Atheist, liberal or conservative, left or right, people will help their fellow man.
The ‘climate’ has changed – from divided to united.
There have been so many amazing and positive stories shared during this time that it has helped filter out most of the recent hate that has been on display. People have been freely and selflessly giving of their time, supplies and finances to save and take care of those who are in need.
These displays of selflessness have renewed my hope and strengthened my belief that this is who we, the human race, really are.
My wish is that as a nation we could maintain this level of love and charity toward each other. That the news would be saturated with stories of neighbor helping neighbor and communities coming together and accepting – even ignoring – the differences we have.
That is what I believe really represents us truly as humans, as Americans.