We live in a time when LOGIC is easily suspended, FACTS (which aren’t convenient) are countered with alternative facts, the voice of REASON is shouted down when it doesn’t fit the narrative, OBJECTIVITY is rejected and INDEPENDENT thinking is now labeled “elitist”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2TrXxSlvFo
Why? How did we get here? When did we become so INTOLERANT of a different point of view and the freedom and right to express it? Why such hatred, disdain and loathing for all things “not like me”?
It is because Americans have become TRIBAL.
TRIBALISM is winning and definitely not making anything “great again” other than the spirit that fuels it. It is driven by the extremists on both sides of the fence and demands you take sides. And when allegiance to a tribe is revered above all – our capacity to listen to one another with an open honest mind and heart is greatly diminished.
There is no middle ground, no compromise, no ability to serve the greater good with the higher goal of uplifting all of humanity.
Tribalism demands loyalty, blind trust, complete and utter adherence to whatever the tribe declares the truth to be. If you dare to STAND up for what you believe in, even if you have been a loyal, lifelong, faithful member of the tribe – you are at risk of being labeled a traitor to the cause. You are the enemy and must be excommunicated.
Where are the REASONABLE minds that MUST prevail? Where is the love your neighbor as yourself mentality? Where is the “judge not lest ye be judged” idealism? Where is “America the Beautiful” inspiration? Where is the “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” spirit of patriotism?
Finally, where is common DECENCY?
If democracy is going to survive, we are going to have to find it again and place more VALUE on the beauty of our UNION than the DEVOTION to our chosen tribe.
LOVE must win again. HOPE must prevail. LIGHT must overcome the darkness. And all of it begins with me and you.