You Can't Fit People Into A Box: Mis Understanding"Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness."
I'm astonished and dreadfully disappointed by some of my experiences as of late regarding politics. This past year I've had many conversations with liberals, conservatives, independents, etc. and it saddens me when people identify one party of voters with one stereotypical mold. It's also very unhealthy.
This concept that a Republican is "x-person" or that a Democrat is "x-person" only leads to shut the door to conversation or understanding before it's even open. The generalizations and unfair stereotypes are unhealthy, counterproductive and irresponsible, in my opinion.
We shouldn't be telling
people what they are
rather we should be asking them "why?" (not by challenging them, but by attempting to understand) and encouraging dialogue and collaboration to resolve common sense problems first. Life's far too short to be destructive and hateful.
In the past two weeks I can't tell you how many people wrongly assumed my political affiliation, then proceeded to characterize me and ask me about the stereotypical positions and learn that I didn't fit their
mold. (I also experienced this at two of the recent elections as I entered the polling station - and suffice it to say, the moments were rather awkward
I believe it's important that we challenge our own political beliefs - as things, habitats, communities, perspectives and people change over time. Yes, we should be comfortable with the party we support, but we shouldn't be afraid to open our selves to discussion (including those introspective conversations we all have :) and examine issues from other perspectives. This doesn't mean that we change our political beliefs or "flip-flop" or disprove ourselves - it just means we should embrace thinking and conversation relative to what's important to us.
But the judging is unnecessary, counterproductive and could prove to be hurtful to others. I believe we should be toning down the rhetoric and the hate on both sides.
Politics have the power to invoke emotion, but we shouldn't make it so
personal. Name calling, belittling, maliciously lying and belittling doesn't help either.
To a better tomorrow. One thought, one word, one comment, one friend at a time. This November will be interesting....
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