- The takeaway from this week’s episode is … you will have a better understanding of what being divided means.
- Here’s what this will do for you … it will bring clarity to the side you are on.
- Here’s what I want you to do with it … you will be okay with who you are.
The word “divide” has many different connotations.
A division or divide can be physical like a mountain range that divides one part of the country from the other, like the Continental Divide. A “divide” can also be based on an ideology where one side believes one way and the other side believes in a different way, like Republicans and Democrats. It’s unlikely that they will ever see eye-to-eye, so there’s a huge division in their beliefs and ideology.
The problem begins when one side believes one thing and is divided from another group who tries to convince the opposing group to come their way – this is what causes tension and riots.
The word “divide” can be a noun (something), or a verb (action). If it’s a noun it’s a divergence from something else. People who went the other way. If it’s a verb, it’s an action people take to divide themselves based on where they live, what they believe in, like the religion they follow.
So, to us, it looks like a divide is not good in any case.
The problem is that people have no respect or tolerance for people who are different. Rather, they blame people on the other side of the divide for their troubles in life. It’s always someone else’s fault.
Rather than arguing about what’s right or wrong – dividing classes, countries, races, or any type of political divide, people should look at the elements behind the divide and stop attacking the person.
What if there was only one political party, one religion, one of anything? When people have a vested interest in dividing something up equally, say a fresh apple pie, they put forth more effort in getting their equal share rather than the things that are more significant and important. Rather than being concerned about what’s good for the whole, they are just focused on what benefits them.
As the stakes go up the divide becomes greater and people become less tolerant. They’re not interested in things being equal they’re only interested in things being their way, or not at all.
This is the division your world is facing right now.
You have two groups of people who are at opposite ends of any situation; wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, social distance, don’t social distance, shut down all the businesses, leave all the businesses open, get the shot, don’t get the shot. It’s not going to go away anytime soon because both sides think they are right.
The lesson you must learn before this can change is, neither side is right all the time. Sometimes one side is right, other times that same side is wrong. The problem lies in how you tell the difference and who makes the determination. Who’s right or wrong? As long as people keep arguing about what or who is right and not discuss what works then the big societal divide will be with you for a long time to come.
CALL TO ACTION:
When someone gives you their opinion don’t put up a divide, even if you object vehemently. Just say, “that’s an interesting way to look at it” and move on.
Don’t involve yourself or be in a group that likes group confrontation. This happens mostly when a peaceful protest erupts into violence caused by two opposing groups protesting opposite opinions.
Before you decide to take any side, ask yourself why you want to be on one side or the other?
HOW IT WORKS: This big societal divide will continue to build long after the current election is settled. It will leave a permanent mark on society, a cultural divide. It will be necessary to bring in a law-and-order solution to stop the buildup of divisional violence. So, while this big societal divide is building use your journal writing to flush out your own truth. This is what will give you a clear direction going forward, rather than letting the lessons of this big societal divide that humanity is moving through wear you down. ~ Linda Deir