When I woke up this morning and saw #BLMKidnapping* trending, I was floored by what I saw and read. Is this where the U.S. is at? The damn thing is a powder keg that seems likely to blow at any moment. Say what you will about baskets of deplorables and Trump’s rhetoric, it takes two to tango. That’s right, both sides are to blame and in this case the dance floor is full and partners are being swapped with nary a care.
Not that it helps being slammed into two groups. Conservative and liberal being used to loosely define a whole lot of people doesn’t seem to be working. In fact, it seems to be making things worse. How terrible would a sports league with two teams be? Something tells me there would be a lot more hate and resentment at the games. And sure we can side with another subgroup or philosophy. Be libertarian or socialist, it doesn’t matter. We will still be put under the liberal and conservative silos.
Quite possibly the larger issue currently, is communication. Stereotyping, and a deep desire to label people and groups into quick digestible details is wreaking havoc. Wading into social media is a frustrating nightmare. Everyone is just yelling and pointing at another group from the group they’re a part of. People are strangling themselves to label groups as a whole. Will we ever realize that just because some bad people exist in a group that doesn’t mean the rest of the group is bad? You know that person at work who is a total asshole? Well, just because they exist doesn’t mean everyone at work – including yourself – is an asshole. All gun owners aren’t assholes, a fact proven by all of us still being alive. Not all liberals are assholes, nor conservatives. In fact, both groups have some really good people in them. I have friends in both.
In closing, at the risk of sounding corny – but mostly because I just signed up for Amazon Prime – we need to start accepting others and get along. If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, I just gave you one. Accept, get along, and no more kidnapping.
Now to Amazon Prime!
*From what I’ve read, they have nothing to do with BLM. I am not labeling this kidnapping as part of BLM. To do so would be the opposite I’ve what you’ve just read/will read – totally depends on when you read footnotes.