I've been processing a lot of thoughts the past couple days. As much as I've tried desperately to get them all out in an organized, cohesive manner, four pages and 1,448 words later I looked at what I'd written and discovered all I needed (and frankly all that made sense) was a section of about 258 simple words. So here goes:
I hope the future will bring more understanding, and I think it starts with our relationships. We will never understand social injustice if we only know people who are socially the same as us. We will never understand issues of race if we only know people of our own race and culture. We will never understand the struggles that our socioeconomic differences create if we only gather with people who make the same amount as we do. We will never understand other religions if we never know people who believe differently than us. A lack of understanding allows us to turn those who are different from us into villains. It's much easier to make assumptions about a group of people if we've never taken the time to know them. I'll be the first to admit I do this more often than I'm proud of. My solution: relationships. If you are wealthy, gather with the middle class and the poor. If you are liberal, gather with conservatives, with members of the tea party, with communists and anarchists. If you are white, gather with blacks, asians, hispanics, etc. If you are old, gather with middle aged folks, with young people. Create a safe space to talk openly about ideas and differences—a space where nobody feels dumb for asking questions about things that confuse them. Where no one feels the need to get defensive and put up walls. Try to find understanding. Listen to people's stories. Do this, and you may start to see: people are a lot more human than we sometimes realize.
Until next time,
What I'm listening to: If I Go - Ella Eyre
Photos taken by Taylor with an Olympus PEN camera