Today's wish is about change. There are a lot of changes that I wish for, big and small. Change can be hard. It can be frustrating. It takes an open mind and a willingness to listen and learn. But without change we become stagnant on every level.
What change do I most wish for today?
I'm tired of people degrading those who focus a lot on social issues instead of, or in conjunction to, economic and international policies in deciding who to vote for. I will not pretend like I understand economic and international politics very well, otherwise I risk faulty knowledge and logic. I vote on what I know and what I care about. I vote on what I agree with. I am as well-informed as I can be and as much as anybody else. These things matter just as much. -Donovan Adams
I have kept my mouth shut during most of this election, not really wanting to add to the drama and the angst that it creates among friends. Now that I am celebrating a little, my inbox on FB and my email is likely to catch fire with the hate. To each his own, people, to each his own. I don't call you names or degrade you, so you can extend the same to me, thanks. -Me
The top quote is a status from Facebook, posted in the aftermath of the election results last night. Full disclosure, my 20 year old son after his first election. The second one is one I posted myself. The amount of hate last night that I saw spewed on Facebook last night from disappointed Romney supporters shocked and appalled me. By no means am I saying that this is indicative of all Romney supporters, nor am I saying that either side has been perfect. This isn't about that. It is about the level of hate and disrespect that I saw. The racial slurs, the religious slams, the name calling, the insults. I have never seen anything so vile and so aggressively mean-spirited. I believe in respect. I believe in the freedom of thought and belief. I believe in agreeing to disagree. I believe in human compassion and consideration. I believe in finding ways to work together.
That is my wish for today. That there will somehow come to be a change among people. Allowing them to come together, to work together, with kindness, acceptance, open minds, and respect. That the hate falls to the side because it breeds nothing positive, nothing helpful. That's my wish.