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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

November 11, 2016

 

 

It’s an off week for Happy Friday, but I must speak.  Not about policies, but about people. I’ll try my best to keep it short and sweet.  No articles referenced.  No links redirecting you to others’ thoughts, just a few opinions from someone running a blog centered around compassion and acceptance.

 

It’s 2016 and this is where we are.  A nation divided by race, education, and age. The polls and social media landscape reflect just that.  We are a nation of unrest.  Trump wanted to flip the system on its head.  People wanted change. He catered to that notion with a variety of rhetorical strategies- specifically hyperbole-which has stirred up anger and racial sentiment amongst people in our country.    

 

Few could have forecasted this.  Major media outlets were way off with predictions because no one realized just how fractured our nation is.  Unpredictable and unbelievable- that’s how you could describe this election.

 

But now it is time to recognize that this is where we stand as a nation.  Not united, but divided. The United States of America no more.

 

Moving forward we need to build bridges- not walls- and begin to connect with other counties and states, because right now we are all living in small communities, pockets in our country, that reflect most of our personal ideologies.   We aren’t listening to those who disagree with us.  Maybe we can start there.  We aren’t listening to each other’s problems and desires.  A lack of listening, not to mention empathy, has plagued us as a country and is now at the core of this current rift between our population. Yet it’s hard to listen when hatred and anger is the choice emotion expressed.  In times like these I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote: “Hate will not drive out hate; only love will do that.”

 

So as individuals in the United States of America, we have to take a step back and look in the mirror.  Who are we?  What do we believe in? More importantly, we must ask ourselves these questions as a nation.  It’s time to reflect before we begin to move forward.

 

Simply put, what kind of nation do we want to become? How can we act as role models to our children and students?  How will we continue to treat people who are different than us?  These are only a handful of questions that must be considered for the future of our nation.  

 

Adults, we have elected the 45th president of the United States- and his name is Donald J. Trump.  Gracious in her defeat, Hillary Clinton stated: “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”  She’s right.  There is no changing his position as our president.  This is the outcome of our democracy.  Obama reiterated those same sentiments of open mindedness and acceptance when addressing the nation on Wednesday.  So whether or not we agree with the decision, we should work towards accepting it.

 

Because as the famous adage states: United we stand, divided we fall.

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