Last night Brandy and I had a long talk about the state of the world and how it keeps me up at night. Not because I’m worried ISIS is going to break in my door and kill everyone I love or that I think Trump is going to blow up the world. Although these scenarios are possible (however unlikely), I don’t stress about those things. Not because I’m not invested in the plights of our country and other countries but because my belief God and allegiance to Christ helps assuage those fears.
What keeps me up at night is that I don’t like people anymore.
Don’t get my me wrong. I have friends I love. I even have new friends I love.
But people in general.
I just don’t like people in general.
In the last year, I have watched as my liberal friends have grown progressively more liberal and more conservative friends have grown progressively more conservative all the while my moderate friends have gone quiet. I know a lot of people who think this is out of some desire to hide political affiliations. I think for some, it might be.
For me, it’s simple.
I just don’t like people anymore.
I’m tired of the ignorant elitist smugness of BOTH sides.
I’m tired of both sides straw-manning the rights and opinions of their opponents and acting like they have it all figured out.
Neither do I.
No one does.
To pretend otherwise is to shut off our ability to listen to opposing viewpoints and to adopt an attitude of smug intellectual elitism that does nothing to change minds.
It just makes you look like an a**hole.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.
In fact, I expect everyone to disagree with me on something.
I’m a moderate. Comes with the territory.
And for the things I stand for, I fiercely stand for…
And am willing to engage those points… in person… or privately.
But being a condescending ass and speaking in over-generalizations perpetuated by a corrupt media owned by the top 1% of the world is not helping anyone or anything.
Fight for life.
Fight for equality.
Love everyone despite fear.
Fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
But have open ears and minds… not to the far right or the far left…
But to common sense.