Let’s have conversations, not arguments

Ryan Sullivan , Reporter

There seems to be a divide in humanity these days as our society becomes more and more team-oriented.

Most of us love to be a part of something. We want to be a part of a group of people. Occasionally, the groups that form can create positive change for the community.

But instead of embracing debate, being curious and treating everyone equally, the Right and the Left vilify each other at every opportunity.

Racism, sexism and fascism are evil, terrible things. But does supporting Trump automatically make you evil, racist or sexist? Or does supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and being anti-gun make you anti-America and a communist?

I don’t think so, and I don’t think this closed-minded, group-think mentality is helpful.

Part of me gets it. There are several life-changing social movements happening currently, and I am all for positive changes and ideas.

I am not advocating for a war veteran to attend an anti-war rally and not get angry. Or for a black man protesting a white nationalist event to ignore his anger.

It’s OK to disagree with the other team’s views. You may find them to be sexist, racist, unconstitutional or anti-American. But it isn’t necessary to respond with violence or threats.

What will this anger and violence do to help humanity? Will spitting on a so-called fascist or punching an Antifa member really improve the situation?

I feel that people need to open their hearts and minds to each other because an open mind, a warm heart, music and love can solve most situations.

Unfortunately that leaves me stuck in the middle of two extremes, left in the proverbial dust. But to be honest, I would rather live in the dust than ride along the crazy train that is modern politics.

Ryan Sullivan is a 29 year-old sophomore transfer studies major specializing in communications.