I wasn’t alive during the turmoil of the 1960’s, but I imagine this time bearing some resemblance.
Racial tensions are evident across the country.
Terrorist events aren’t just something that happen in another country. They’re happening in our own neighborhoods.
Peaceful protests are regularly turning violent.
Everything that is said or done is subjected to great scrutiny as to deeper meaning and intent.
We have two candidates running for President who are each greatly polarizing to the opposing ends of the political spectrum. This follows the current and prior Presidents, each from different political parties, who were also two of the most polarizing figures we have seen.
Technology allows for the video recording of everything. And the media is all-to-happy to broadcast everything they can and provide rage-inducing commentary to go along with it.
It’s no longer enough to disagree. We must beat differing viewpoints into submission either physically or through ridicule.
It’s not just happening in the United States. The UK has voted to leave the EU. As a result, stock markets dropped over the next two days only to rebound to record positive levels within the following weeks.
People need leadership. And not just carefully controlled soundbites. We need those with influence to stop trying to grow their influence, and instead provide direction.
Stop thinking that you need to take sides. In the end, I believe we are more similar than not. We have common goals, dreams, and ambitions.
We’re in the midst of a great state of uncertainty and no matter our views, we deserve to be heard and we owe it to listen.
Readers, I realize this article (or is it a rant?) is a departure from my normal topics and tone. But independence is greater than just having enough money to quit working. We live in an inter-connected world. And how we treat each other matters. We have responsibility to leave the world better than we found it.
Not sure how people will respond, but I would love to hear from you. Please sound off.