I recently wrote a guest editorial for the local paper in my hometown. Not just any editorial, but one with a political slant.
What was I thinking, right? Am I a glutton for punishment or trolling for a vitriolic social media debate? Well, no.. although I fully expect feedback and even some “not nice” feedback because that would actually (and sadly) prove my point.
Which is: People have becoming increasingly intolerant of others political views and behave incredibly badly as a result.
The article focuses on the divisiveness in politics, and while I wrote it from my perspective as a conservative woman voter, it is present along the entire political spectrum. It’s about being bullied, shamed and harassed for expressing political views or supporting certain candidates. It’s about the importance of treating others with civility instead of attacking. And it’s about being willing to listen, learn and perhaps compromise to make our country a better place for everyone.
So, yes, I am taking a chance, putting myself out there and standing up for civility because if I allow fear to stop me from trying to make a difference, I am not being the person I want to be.
I hope my message is taken as it was intended – as a means to raise awareness of how we treat each other and to pledge to do better for the sake of our countries future.
I for one am listening.