Maybe, Just Maybe.

Maybe, just maybe, if we stop viewing our society as black vs. white, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we stop viewing our society as conservative vs. liberal, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we stop viewing our society as Muslim vs. Christian, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we stop viewing our society as straight vs. gay, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we start viewing each other as someone’s brother, someone’s wife, someone’s father, someone’s daughter, someone’s uncle, someone’s niece, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we start treating everyone, from friends to family to co-workers to strangers, how we’d want to be treated, this will stop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we start focusing more on the humanity inherent in all of us than on who does and doesn’t fall in line with our ideological spectrum, this will stop.

Until then, don’t expect it to.

Until we can see each other as true equals, until we can realize we are all human, we are all doing the best we can, and we are all on this short ride of life together, this won’t stop.

Until we stop isolating ourselves in our own little groups of people who think exactly like we do, this won’t stop.

Until we stop seeing sinister motives in every action we disagree with, or don’t understand, this won’t stop.

Until we stop identifying ourselves more by who we voted for than by how much we help, this won’t stop.

Until we choose love above all with our words and actions, this won’t stop.

Until we realize that we are all the problem, and that we are all the solution, this won’t stop.

Start today, this minute. Love more. Respect more. Listen more. Help more. If we don’t, and soon, we are leaving a terrible mess behind that our children may not be able to clean up.

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