“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
The contempt we have for those with other political opinions grieves me. We aren’t each other’s enemy. If we are to develop strong, innovative solutions then we need people who think differently. We need to collaborate. No matter where we are on the political spectrum, we need to work together in order for our country to grow.
Classically, at least, the “right” in America values business growth, small government, smaller budgets, strong defense. The “left” values a strong safety net, civil rights, supporting the working person rather than business. We can’t have the most extreme version of all of that. And it wouldn’t be healthy to have the most extreme version of the right or the left, either. But if people from all sides can respectfully dialog, then we can find solutions that takes the best of all of this.
If we have contempt for each other, if we view each other as stupid or morally wrong, if we cannot tolerate listening to news or sides that are different than ours, how will we continue to grow?
I hope that we can honor this anniversary of 9/11 by not tolerating those with other views, but by realizing we need those with other views. We are weak if we have only our own thoughts and our own tribe.
Life is too short for hate. It is also too short for not realizing the power of multiple perspectives brought together to solve common problems.