As American citizens, we were born with the right to freely express our opinions, and I in no way intend to infringe on that right. A lot has happened in politics recently, and of course we’re going to have our opinions about what’s going on and feel the need to share our thoughts with others. However, while I encourage discourse of any kind, I’ve been noticing a lot of arguments and accusations (mostly on Facebook…10/10 would recommend to keep scrolling) between parties.
Let me make a note here – as a journalist (or aspiring one, blah blah blah), it is my duty to give my audience facts in an unbiased manner. I in no way intend to persuade anyone of political opinions through my articles, but I do feel called to use my writing to serve a greater and better purpose. So many journalists nowadays are so obviously left or right with the sole purpose of slamming the opposing party through current events.
But my motive is this: solidarity and unity. So I feel as if I must use my platform to speak out against this trend I’ve noticed, of how we are so quick to divide ourselves.
I understand it’s impossible for us all to agree on every political issue at hand, but what happened to the idea of “one nation” united, as declared by our national pledge? Why are we so focused on being correct that we consequently allow pride to cause great dissonance, which is counter-productive and ultimately serves no purpose? We distance ourselves from people of the other party without realizing that we are all really fighting for the same thing. We are all on the same side, aiming for the same outcome: a better way of life and a better country.
When will we realize that there really is no them? Only an us?
So, dear reader, I implore you to put down your weapon and rethink that Facebook status. Again, I highly encourage productive discourse, but that only happens when you keep an open mind and recognize we are in this together. I implore you to listen and keep the hearts and wellbeing of other people at the front of your mind at all times. I implore you to do good and say good.
Be the light this world so dearly needs.