April 21, 2024

The Humbling River

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The Northern Star

I’m disgusted by the extreme polarization of society due to the 2020 Presidential Election. It’s probably just romanticism, but I feel like we are better than how we’ve acted over the past year. The National Media and the President are too easy to blame for the world’s problems, no doubt they are both somewhat at fault, but we also have to take some of the responsibility.

Anyone with a bit of life experience and a little empathy understands that things tend to be more grey or purple than black and white, or red and blue. Millard Fillmore, of the Whig Party, was the last President elected who wasn’t a Democrat or Republican. I want to think that over the 170 years since Fillmore has been in office, both political parties have developed values that people could stand behind, but treating the middle ground can get a person tossed out of both groups for lack of conviction.

Until we get back to working together, raising our children, and actively participating in our communities, we won’t know substantial change. Go out and vote with your best intentions, but don’t forget that it’s just as, if not more, important to love your neighbors and family. We have to stop expecting that a political savior will rise to the occasion and save us with a couple swishes of their pen. It’s only by opening our hearts and caring about each other that we can expect to create a better tomorrow.

“It’ll take a lot more than words and guns, a whole lot more than riches and muscle. The hands of the many must join as one, and together we’ll cross the river.” Mayard James Keenan. The Humbling River

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