Closed Minded - Immoral - Lazy - Dishonest - Unintelligent
By K. Lee
Take a look at the attached article and ask yourself ... If you believed someone to be these things: closed minded; immoral; lazy; and unintelligent would you likely ever be able to see anything else when you looked at them? Probably not. UNLESS ...
Unless you set aside your own beliefs, opinions, wants and desires for long enough to truly hear others. The United States is currently more divided than it can withstand. It is being torn apart and without some major repairs taking place pretty quickly it simply cannot be healed.
Whether your feelings, beliefs and opinions are in fact right, or wrong, doesn't matter at this point. Parties entrenched on opposite sides of any divide will perish and in the process will remain "right" while remaining entrenched and allowing each passing day to draw us ever closer to becoming "The Former United States of America." Having first written and spoken on this topic over a decade ago I realize that, regardless of the topic over which we are divided, most good people on any side of the divides don't want our nation to follow the path of "The Former USSR" and yet that's the very path our divisions are ever more rapidly leading us down.
In any relationship there are times when we can choose to have peace, or we can choose to be right. The two do not, and never will, go hand in hand at all times. Think back to relationships in your life where you, and someone close to you, were on opposite ends of an argument. If you both insisted on being right odds are that irreparable damage was done to the relationship. If however the two of you were able to set aside your differences long enough to engage in conversation, it is likely that you could also remember more things that you shared in common, including mutual admiration, and that the relationship was not only salvaged, but possibly even improved. What's the point? Willingly engaging in communication with an open mind creates an opportunity for a better tomorrow. Being closed minded, and "right" destroys any hope for a better tomorrow.
Look around our once great nation, do you see us as a country engaging in open minded conversations? Is it possible that if you, and others, were willing to set aside your adamant beliefs for just long enough to really hear others that we might have a chance to survive as a nation? It surely doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the current situation can only lead to a painful end for the U.S.A. ... Is it better to be right, and to be no more, or is it better to do whatever we can do to create conversations without hostility?