(TFC) – Conceived as a child out of wedlock from parents who were from different sides of the tracks is an interesting start. I don’t claim to be anything that I’m not. A mid-western love affair of two teenagers who were trying to make a mark in life.
Each reader has their own story. A story of happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow. A personal story of the past, and a new story to write for the future. Regardless, we are a group who should be trying to improve life, and at the least tolerate one another. The existence of people we have personally created, the friends we have made, our family members, or simply the other humans who inhabit our planet can all be both loved and obnoxious. Sometimes in the exact same moment, which takes a special kind of talent.
The news channels want you to worry about the latest shooting. The television networks want you to watch all of their shows. Magazines want you to know who is too fat, or too thin. The Republicans battle the Democrats. The Democrats battle the Republicans. The Independents tell you to be independent, and here you are; trying to decide what is best for your country, community, family, and self.
It is easy in our daily life to get caught up in the division of society. Human nature drives us into tribes. These tribes are made up of others who we identify with, or individuals who follow our same beliefs. This may be based on religion, culture, or prior experiences. Having a sense of belonging is a positive experience. The problems occur when we hate others because of their beliefs, and our personal stances get forced on others like we are being an over aggressive free sample pusher at the supermarket.
Have faith in this. No matter what you post on social media, or how loudly you shout; the conversion of a Yankees fan to a Red Sox’s fan is not going to happen. (Please use the baseball example and substitute in any hot button topic of your choice.) You can use peer pressure, verbal slander, or any other methodology in your attempts. You can personally hate what someone else loves. That is fine. Just please understand, it is not your calling in life to change others, the same way that you don’t care for them to pull you from your various tribes.
If you haven’t noticed, this isn’t a news article. It isn’t a public service announcement, or a demanding request that you buy something over the telephone. There is no care what social group you belong to, what your financial situation is, or what religious faith you follow. The color your skin doesn’t matter, nor do your personal political beliefs.
The goal is that you speak out. That you share your views. Talk to people about what you believe, and listen to what they believe. Without ideas and respectful collaboration between the citizens we lose. Lately, we seem to always argue. We seem to complain. When the arguments stop, and the collaboration begins, we will be closer to having the ability to unify as a country; as a world population without borders.
This writing will most likely be labeled by a few as being some type of unrealistic hippy mumbo-jumbo. It is well known that unicorns don’t grow on trees in the gumdrop orchard. I know that. This piece is about making an effort to be optimistic, which is becoming more and more difficult. Maybe just give communication, respect, and tolerance a try. If the concept is new to you, then the worst that can happen is that you will be annoyed; but hey, because of the mainstream media, you probably are already.
This article was prepared by Marli Notoras.