The Elephant in the Room

or Thoughts On The Recent Election

This post may be blog suicide. Picking the 2016 Election as a first post topic on a blog seems akin to asking the stranger in an elevator with you if they know Jesus….on the 2nd floor….with 20 more to go. But I digress, I think we’ve all learned a lot from this election. Mostly what I learned is how grown adults can argue, whine, and throw tantrums with the best of toddlers. They should all get a time-out, and we should withhold their allowance, (if only!).

Joking aside, politics has become more of a heated issue than religion I think. There’s been a lot of frustration and anger on all sides, and from my view in the middle-class America, I see folks from all sides, religions, and races who are concerned about vastly the same things: economy, healthcare, environment, civil rights, the list goes on. Everyone has different views, and everyone definitely has an opinion about what is the best way to solve these problems. I get that, I have my own, but I’m not here to discuss my opinions on climate change or gun control or any of the other issues at hand.

Instead, I wish we could all just remember this: we’re not all that different from each other.

We breathe in oxygen and we put our pants on one leg at a time, whether they be $600 D & G jeans or $10 Walmart yoga pants.

I dare say we all have this in common too: we want the best for our kids. And if you don’t have kids, for the future generations in general.

So what do what we do with these common things? Well, perhaps we can start with this: let’s not be assholes to each other. I don’t have to agree with you, and you don’t have to agree with me, but I will still let you merge into traffic, I will help your elderly mother load her groceries. I will bring you casseroles when you just had your new baby, and reliving labor sounds more pleasant than entertaining a toddler and a newborn while stirring Hamburger Helper on the stove. When your mom is diagnosed with stage 3 cancer I will sob with you about the unfairness of it all and I will get on my knees and pray for a miracle.

I will love you. No matter who you pray to, who you vote for, what color you are, who you marry, or what gender you are. Because at the end of the day you are blood and skin and bone and heart-beating just like I am, and we’re both just trying to figure this life-thing out the best way we can.

“So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you…” ~Christianity

“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful”~Buddhism

“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself”~ Islam