Four Winds Journal Spring 2021 – Healing A House Divided
We have been almost half a year under a new Administration in this country, and much good has been accomplished. Yet for all that, there are still many areas of our society that need healing. The pros and cons of mask-wearing, Covid 19 vaccination, the 2nd Amendment vs. gun control, the refugee crisis at our southern border, the standoff between people of color and those who are white-skinned, and more—these are only a few of the battlefields on which we are fighting each other.
America is a house divided, and as such, it cannot stand.
FWJ Spring 2021 is the first in a series exploring the extent of polarization prevalent in our country and how we might address this dilemma. American society is diverse—except for those who have always been here, we come from many other countries, each with its own cultural beliefs and mores. It has always been challenging to get along with everyone. As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
While this is undeniably true, we believe that if we are willing to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to respectfully share our views with those who don’t think the way we do, we will find common ground. We may eventually come to understand and accept each other. If we still don’t see eye to eye, perhaps we can “agree to disagree” as friends, instead of enemies. In any case, it should be an interesting experiment, and one from which we may all benefit. Think of it as a safari into previously unexplored territory– who knows what adventures lie ahead?
Enjoy the journey!
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