For the longest time I have shied away from sharing any of my political beliefs or chatting about any controversial topics. I always felt like nothing good can come from it but an argument so why bother? It all seems like unwanted drama anyway. Until recently.
I don’t know if it’s because I am a soon to be mother, the fact that I am entering into the last year of my twenties, or simply an evolution of who I am as a person but I have felt a huge shift in my feelings on this.
I made a post in regards to this years controversial Super Bowl half time show (I mean lets get real what year is it NOT controversial) and it really taught me a lot. I think whether you have a large platform or a small platform that opening up conversation with those who differ from you is actually quite amazing. You can gain a new perspective, acknowledge someone else’s beliefs, all while bridging this huge divide we seem to all have in the current political/ world climate.
However, I have also witnessed those who simply cannot handle a conversation with anyone who thinks differently than them. Why is that? Why are we so easily offended or afraid to have a conversation with someone who may have a different view point? Why is it that there are people out there who truly believe that everyone should think and feel the same way and if they don’t they are basically human trash?
I have recognized that by me staying quiet on these topics and not voicing my opinion or beliefs I am only enabling close minded people to take over the narrative on these topics. That means anyone in the world who may be in a minority or opposing group of said person will be constantly reading the hate…and not recognize that not everyone agrees with said person. By staying quiet and not stepping up to the plate and using my platform to speak on things that matter it has in a way made me an accomplice to the division we all are currently experiencing. Even if my intention was not that.
I often think of the world my child will be raised in. The people who will influence my child. The view point my child will develop on these topics. And while I may not have the answers to everything, one thing I do know is that I want to raise my child to be tolerant and accepting of people from all backgrounds and cultures. Compassion is the bridge that connects us all and helps foster genuine relationships. How could anyone want to constantly burn those bridges and isolate themselves? What good does being a carbon copy do? How does it help you evolve and be a better person?
Not that I intend on making my platform a politically driven space, but I do plan to not be afraid to speak up on things that matter to me. When I see someone spreading hate about those who are different I no longer choose to stay silent. When you have an opinion you can begin to open the door to finding more like minded individuals and/or fostering new relationships with those who many think differently but are respectful. Discussions about hot topics should not be a scary thing. How else do we work on our communication unless we are conversing with those who think differently?
I really believe that people need a huge lesson in tolerance, compassion, and love. While so many spend their days passing judgment and carrying so much hatred around….there still are some of us who choose to look for the positives. The common ground. The places where we can learn new things from one another. That is the kind of atmosphere I want to create on not only my platform, but also within my own life.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”Martin Luther King
Judge less. Love more. Be respectful. Speak up.
It really is that simple.