It seems to me that we get divided as a society when we start seeing each other as ideas, blanket principles and policies, rather than as people.
We are all still people. And at the end of the day, we all laugh, cry, and love. We all have these powerful hearts that can swell with pride and joy, and ache with worry and distress. We all share these common, yet exquisitely human qualities.
It’s when we forget this common thread, and instead focus on manufactured differences in labels, seeing each other as merely representatives of our judgement of the ideas we think they constitute, that we also forget it’s natural to love each other simply because they are people just like us. Furthermore, it’s really unnatural to hate them simply because the rules of our ideology tells us to.
That just seems super silly if you ask me. It’s not even childish, because children know better. Children look to each other as people, not as political colors.
What will it take for us to remember that everyone is a person first and foremost, just like everyone else? How can we get back to a place of honoring humanity over ideology? We don’t have to always understand one another’s views, but we do need to understand that they’re coming from a person, one who has all of the same feelings that we do.
Ultimately, we must remember that each one of us has a right to live a dignified life, simply because we are alive. And that life force is sparked by something much more powerful and loving than any principle, policy or ideology. Why then, would anyone value ideology over that? It seems to me that it’s because it’s the easiest way to keep us divided, and thus weak as a society.
That’s just something to think about.