Yesterday Kevin emailed me, Carolyn and Casey, our friends that going to Costa Rica with us, the video below with the note: “just in time for our vacation together!!” You see, as soon as we planned this little getaway we unanimously decided that political discussions would not be allowed on this vacation. Carolyn and Casey are very conservative and Kevin and I are very liberal and our views could not be more different but all love each other very much.
You may have already seen the video below, but if not, it’s well worth a watch.
For the most part, I took a social media break from posting politically related messages (though I didn’t refrain completely), and I’m going to admit, there were more than a few people I removed from appearing in my facebook news feed during the election season. Not because I didn’t like these people, but because reading their posts would make me angry and indignant and frustrated and I would get all riled up and anxious and suddenly I would be sitting behind my computer very upset over a random little post. And I decided that I just didn’t need that.
We all want good things for our family and friends and the people in this world (at least I’d like to think so), we just have different ideas about how to accomplish those things. We all have different priorities. For me, fiscal policy will never be more important than equality and human rights. One of my favorite bloggers wrote a post entitled “apathy is a privilege,” and I couldn’t agree more. Regardless of who could have won this past election, my life really wouldn’t have changed much, but there are so many others whose lives would have. And for that I am enormously thankful for the outcome of the 2012 election.
I know for those on the other side, this can be a sore subject. I understand that if the roles were reversed I would be feeling the same way, but I know I’m not alone when I say the hatred and vitriol spewed by so many during this election season was just too much. Like many others, I was so ready for it to be all over.
And now it is.
So like the video says, whether you are a seal-clubbing-confederate-flag-waving-oil-whoring-chickafila-eating-war-monger, or a tofu-munching-welfare-loving-prius-driving-obama-sucking-gay-marriage-fantasizing-granola-crat, let us not let politics divide us…thinking differently is what made this country great.