This is not a post about politics, it’s a post about understanding.
How does the election relate to my blog Sailing, Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness? Simplicity is a values based lifestyle and most people also vote according to their values. But both sides of the political argument have support from simple living advocates. Our ideas of simplicity are as unique as the people who choose to explore that lifestyle.
Here are five things that I believe most Americans agree on:
1) That we want the freedom to pursue our unique dreams.
2) That we want to feel safe.
3) That all citizens are equal.
4) That we want to be accepted as individuals, yet still be a part of a community.
5) That we hope our leaders will strive for solutions to our problems that will allow both parties to be pleased with our future.
Here are a six topics who’s ideas differ in our political leadership:
1) The meaning of freedom.
2) The meaning of community.
3) How to effect safety.
4) How to accomplish freedom of religion.
5) What is moral.
6) The meaning of simplicity.
That is the beauty of America. We can disagree, we can unite, we can argue, we can win, and we can lose.
I wish I could sit down with someone who has the opposite opinion than me and tell them how I feel and have them respond with, “I understand.” And then I wish they could explain to me how they feel so that I’m compelled to also say, “I understand.” I wish the same for our leaders.
I wonder if we can self-moderate our comments on this post to keep the discussion about the political process, the unified values of our country, and how we could infuse more compassion into this process that sometimes feels like a battle. Its hard to do. There are plenty of other places on the web to campaign for your candidate, but perhaps here is where we can all come together and agree. That’s the challenge I’m presenting today. That’s the conversation I want to have.