Better than That

I spend a lot of time reading and communicating with people on disparate ends of the political spectrum. I have voted Democrat, Independent and Republican in my life. I know where I stand on many (not all) positions, but my views have evolved over the years. No one party or generalization ever has represented where I stand. And that seems to be increasingly the case as time goes on.

I know that I am not alone in that.

But, we all have leanings, and we all tend to identify with one “side” or the other.  Actually, we tend to think in terms of sides, but the reality is that we all identify with certain ways of thinking, and those ways of thinking, which are varied, tend to fall on one side or the other of the political divide.

We tend to think that all the people who fall on “our side” think like we do…. But, they don’t. And we tend to think that all people who disagree with us are uninformed, lacking in intelligence and/or just plain “evil”.

I’m constantly amazed at the ways of thinking of the people who tend to “side” with me on some issue or another, but they don’t think anything like me!

For all of the communication channels that we have today with social media, I don’t think we understand each other very well. Continue reading

Crossing the Racial Divide

DD-at-KKK-Rally-in-Maryland-650x589Everyone gravitates toward people and people groups that are “like us”. We see it in all facets of life. The tendency to associate with our “own kind” begins early in life, on the playground. Kids tend to form cliques. They give themselves names like, jocks, nerds goths, burnouts,  and so on. Consider the classic “no girls allowed” sign under the treehouse.

This tendency is very human. The athletes stick together; the smart kids stick together; fraternities and sororities stick together; Italians, Irish, Mexicans, whatever people make up the current immigrant wave, stick together. The poor associate with the poor, and the rich associate with the rich.

The racial divide is, perhaps, the most ugly example of this tendency in our country, and one that we still deal with after many years of “equal protection under the law” and civil rights movements and ant-discrimination statutes. Continue reading