Listen, this post is not a political statement. I would rather keep things light and fun around here. But, I tried to ignore it and I just can’t anymore.
My heart is heavy. I’m sad. Confused. Frustrated as hell. I was brought up to believe that there’s more good in the world than bad. If you need proof of that naive idea, go back and watch the Google 2016 Year in Search commercial. (I just watched it for the umpteenth time, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony’s speech still makes me cry.) We’re far more alike than we are different, just like Ellen said. So, why are we accepting behavior that demonstrates the complete opposite?
I respect and understand that all of us have differing views and opinions about our country’s current state of affairs. I respect that some of us support our current president, while others lean more the other way. Heck, I even can understand why a lot of people view the ban as a good thing – as a way to protect our country from further terror. But, if this is the future of our country, can we still be considered the United States of America? If we don’t protect those who are here or stand beside them, then are we united?
Love is love is love is love. It’s as simple as that. As residents of the home of the American dream, we should strive to love one another. Accept each other for who we are. Embrace our similarities and celebrate our differences. I want to raise my future child(ren) in a country where they know that people who look or think differently than them isn’t a bad thing. Rather, it’s an opportunity to learn about different cultures, religions, ideologies, etc. Knowledge is power. If we all take the time to get to know one another a little better, I think we will realize just how much we have to learn – not just about each other but about ourselves, too.
Like I said earlier, these words in no way are meant to be my political statement to the world. Sure, politics are involved because we wouldn’t be discussing this in the first place if it weren’t for that. But, honestly – I just want us all to stop and think. Look around you. Go out of your way to say hi to people on the street. Hug your loved ones. Don’t stop talking or seeking out the facts. It’s up to us to question authority and determine the future of our home.
Obviously, emotions are running high right now. Depending on how you interpreted this post, please remain respectful to me and others in the comments.