The world is growing increasingly partisan.
The political middle ground seems to have fallen away, leaving people clinging to the edges of extreme political thought.
But I’m saying, don’t follow simply because someone wants to lead you.
When longstanding friendships come to an end over political disagreements, and people are “unfriending” their friends and family on Facebook over who they may or may not have voted for, it has all gotten out of control.
Partisanship serves nobody, except those who would divide us all on petty issues.
The truth is, our differences are minimal. We most of us want the same things:
We want our children to grow up safe and whole…
We want our communities to thrive and be healthy…
We want good healthy food, clean air, clean water…
We want access to good doctors and good quality education…
We want affordable, quality homes…
We want to be safe from war and terror…
We want secure jobs that give us dignity and don’t compromise our integrity.
If you’re like me, all of these things are important. All of them.
Divide and conquer
It seems that many of those in power – across all parties – would seek to focus on the little things that don’t affect us day to day.
“Divide and conquer” is working well.
They seek to turn us against our neighbours. To encourage us to label and view them as Not Like Us, and to divide our communities.
That way, we don’t look too closely at what those in power are doing, do we!
I’m saying, Stop.
Stop the partisanship.
Stop labelling people as Them and Us.
Stop giving some leaders a pass on bad behaviour while others get held to the wire.
Treat all people equally and fairly.
Uphold ideas, not ideology or parties or celebrities or leaders.
It’s time to look on the old world with fresh eyes. Reconsider our long-held beliefs to check if they still hold merit for us.
Don’t follow simply because someone – or something – wants to lead you.
Lead yourself, with your own mind, and you will find the best way to travel.