It’s no secret that politics have since commanded much of what we Americans pay attention to. The media, the economy, and even freedom yield to politicians and their agendas. But as of late, this has escalated. It seems as if our aptitudes have taken a back seat to our new identities: our political viewpoints. If I disagree with you, I am disagreeing with your lifestyle, your identity, and your entire being—and that’s not how it always was.
I am old enough to recall a time when this wasn’t the case, but unfortunately this climate is showing no signs of slowing down. Why is this? It’s a culmination of many collapses, such as the collapse of the nuclear family, the decline of virtue, and the fall of stern expectation. When we remove the need for faith, family, and truth, we must fill that void with something, and it becomes stacked with the desire for attention, a lust for self-gratification, and a flawed understanding that reflects many distinct vices.
The only way to approach the animosity that seeps within America is by moving forward, and not backwards. We need to appreciate each other and recognize diversity, but not by foolishly challenging each other’s values and by becoming offended at the slightest bow—we must engage in discourse and in a real struggle to better ourselves.
You have to go home every day and question yourself before you can interrogate others. Did I do my job to the best of my ability today? Did I treat my coworkers as I would want my own children to be treated? If the answer is ‘no’, you can’t possibly expect yourself to grow and to learn, because the answer should be a resounding ‘yes’.
This is how I believe America can turn the corner on this tough time. Not by reassigning insult, and not by exchanging hatred, but rather, but relearning responsibility and self-accountability.