As emotions run high the day after a severely polarizing election, social media is filled with posts - people filled with fear, people pleasantly surprised, people voicing the need for change. REGARDLESS of your political views, there is an issue plaguing people of all ages in the United States of America. That issue is the inability for people to unite as a nation, and support everyone in this country - even those with opposing views.
I can't help but wonder when our country became so unbelievably divided. The media is no longer a place where people can get informed, and comfortably share opinions. It has become a platform in which to demonize those of opposing views, on BOTH sides. People have become afraid to post on social media, for fear of how others will criticize and hate them for their opinions.
Someone who has a different opinion than you is not a bad person. They are not ignorant. They are not misinformed.
The fact that so many people in our country view the world, and solutions to problems that this world faces, in so many different ways is something to be cherished.
Welcome debate. It is what this country was founded on.
If you're passionate about something, stand up for it.
You have a different opinion than I do? Great, let's talk about it. And when we are finished with our heated debate, we can still be just as good of friends as we were before.
Take the opinions that you have shared on Facebook and use them to fuel the change you so badly seek, but also dive deeper into the opinions, of others. You just might be able to find something that helps you in your own quest for change.
Use social media as a positive outlet to urge people to come together and work for the good of this country. EDUCATE yourself on both the history of this country and our evolution as a republic, and the present issues facing our great nation domestically AND globally. By all means, share your opinions on whatever platform you wish, but in doing so, recognize how important it is to LISTEN to the opinions of others regardless of your own personal bias. One of the most rewarding things we can do as individuals is surround ourselves with varying cultures and contrasting points of view in order to view the world from different perspectives. When did it become socially acceptable to not respect other people's opinions? When did our culture as a society become devoted to seeking out and highlighting the failures of those that believe something different than we do? When did it become normal to make other people look bad just because we feel that the only right opinion is our opinion?
It is time to become passionate about uniting the nation, and the world. It is time to become passionate about accepting others for who they are, political beliefs and all. It is time that working across the aisle is no longer a foreign concept to politicians. It is time that we realize that we are stronger TOGETHER, because as a nation divided we can accomplish nothing. It is time that respecting and accepting others becomes our reality. Hating someone for having an opinion that is different from yours - political or otherwise - serves no purpose but to further the divide that is already so great in this country.
We need to come together as people, as a nation, as a world, united and strong. We need to truly become UNITED as the United States of America.