Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time.
– John Coffey, The Green Mile
There’s a problem in the United States. It’s not the current POTUS. He’s just a symptom of the real problem.
The problem is that we’ve forgotten that we’re all in this together. We don’t talk to each other. We don’t wait to gather our facts before we form our opinions. We polarize behind “anyone but him/her,” without looking at what the other person is actually bringing to the table with them.
We’ve run our country on people voting for the lesser of two evils for a long time instead of trying to find the right person for the job at hand.
What happened to living life to a set of ideals? To taking the high road? To trying to find common ground with our neighbors?
What happened to polite discussion? To trying to find the best solution for everyone? What happened to compassion and reasoned discourse?
I don’t know, but I’m tired.
I care about the environment and keeping it clean, because this is the only home we have. Science isn’t a liberal conspiracy. It’s the reasoned study of the world around us. It’s a search for evidence and truth.
Everyone should be able to live a life free from fear. People should have the same opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We should have a hand up for our neighbors in trouble, should treat each other with dignity no matter our backgrounds (race, creed, religion, national origin, gender expression, or sexual orientation), and should be able to work at a job that pays a living wage.
Health care shouldn’t cost so damned much. Cancer treatment, for example, shouldn’t be a one way ticket to poverty for the patient’s family. Being sick shouldn’t be treated like it’s a crime against the shareholders.
The right to privacy.
Freedom of religion.
Gun violence vs the right to bear arms.
The struggling American family.
There are so many problems. I’m tired from trying to carry them all. I only have so much strength and energy. I can’t solve all the problems or save the world by myself.
The thing is, there are so many of us there should be a way to solve them all, but there’s no way that will happen until we stop polarizing behind slogans and ideology and start lining up behind the problems we individually worry about the most, find out who’s with us from all sides of the political spectrum, and put aside the politics and get to work on finding solutions.