If you’re on the right, the left hate you. If you’re on the left, the right hate you.
If you’re in the middle or unattached, everyone hates you. Maybe hate is a strong word, but they think you’re an idiot.
It’s ridiculous that people will judge another simply because of a name they carry, a group they belong to, or because they have different beliefs or lifestyle.
I have yet to meet a republican that is actually a republican, or a democrat that is actually a democrat. I’ve only met people who agree with many but not all beliefs of their political party. Doesn’t this put most people somewhere in the middle?
Did you know that republican and democrat used to be the reversed in ideology to what they are today? And it is constantly changing. What was once liberal is now conservative. They are just titles and names that divide people by arbitrary definitions of the current time.
But we fight over these arbitrary names and ideas. We hurt and even kill because of titles, affiliations, religions and beliefs.
When 9/11 happened we came together as AMERICANS. We hugged and cried together. We dug through the rubble together. Police and Firefighters were heroes. Every day people were heroes too. Our flag flew proud because we were one nation indivisible. We were not weak, but strong because we rose together above the divisions of race, religion and affiliation. Red, White and Blue ran through our veins. We were strong because we were one.
We were not democrats or republicans. Black, brown, yellow or white. Police or civilians. For a while, we even transcended our American borders when much of the world came together as brothers and sisters in love and compassion.
Do you want to stop the madness of division and hate? There’s only one way.
Behave like you did after 9/11, Sandy Hook, Paris, or any other tragedy – with compassion and kindness. Be polite to everybody you meet. A simple hearty hello and genuine smile will do more good than you might imagine. Hold the door or lend a hand. Say thank you and you’re welcome. Be patient with those who frustrate you. Be kind to those you disagree with. Look people in the eyes and say, “Have an amazing day.”
If you are judgmental, seek to understand that person or group better. Read about them. Study the nuances of their beliefs. Share some time in their world, in their neighborhoods and at their social events.
If you are brave enough to do this, you’ll be compassionate and understanding even to those you disagree with. You’ll realize that we all want the same thing. Happiness, safety, respect, some sort of meaning in life, and to be loved.
This is our universal core as people regardless of your country, race, politics, or religion.
If you see an injustice, be brave and bold and stand up for what is right. Not with your fists, your anger, or vindictiveness. Stand up with the power of your compassion and intelligence to find a peaceful solution. That is true power! If you find that you are in the wrong, apologize and make it right.
You may say that you are just one person and there is nothing you can do, but this is an excuse of small thinking. You are powerful beyond your imagination. A genuine smile and compliment can restore someone’s faith in himself or herself. A courteous gesture can change a person’s mind about your whole race or religion. A loving act can save a person from self-destruction or destroying others.
We are not here to hate, hurt or kill others. We are here to lend a hand and help those who are down.
We are not here to tear down others. We are meant to applaud those who have reached great heights.
We are not here to fight about why we are different. We need to celebrate our similarities and our differences.
We are not here to succeed at the expense of others. But to succeed together.
We are not born to live in hate, fear and prejudices, We were born to live with love, compassion, and passion
There is much darkness in the world. We are here to be the light in the darkness.
Darkness is the absence of light. Be the light so that others can be in the light with you.
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Life Transformation and Peak Performance Expert, author, professional speaker, and global traveler. Croix is the Author of Dream Big Act Big, Dream Big Life Planner, Morning Manifestation, and the host of the Zen Warrior Podcast. He travels full time living the speaker and laptop lifestyle living part time in Costa Rica and wherever he feels like experiencing.