United we stand, divided we fall. -Aesop
It is as simple as it seems.
Society functions better when we think of all citizens as worthy. Progress is acheived when everyone is heard and willing work with all people to better one’s community.
A divided community will collapse on itself. A fractured society becomes too concentrated on minuscule disagreements and forgets to look at the big picture.
If we had conversations with those we consider enemies or insignificant, we would find out that we have more connections than disagreements.
For example, immigrants and those who support anti-immigration measures have something in common. Immigrants want to come to America because they are often fearful of violence, economic struggles, and lack of opportunity in their country of origin. They do not seek to impose their culture on a new society. Those nativists, who reject immigrants, do so on a basis of fear. Fear of violence or losing their job, culture, and way of life.
These two sides have something in common. Both are fearful and want to better their lives.
If we continue to participate in partisan squabble and tearing down our president, we will lose economically, geopolitically, and culturally. It is time for us to find common ground and work with each other. We should look for areas of common interests, even when our opponents call us names and refuse to listen. Our current divisions are temporary and can be repaired.