Agreeing To Disagree
On so many matters, we will not see eye to eye. That is okay, though. Our differences in ideals or beliefs do not make any of us terrible people; they do not signify that one of us is more or less patriotic than the other; and they certainly do not mean that some of us are devoid of God’s Grace. In fact, what those different ideals and beliefs do mean is that our world is just as rich with diversity of thought as it is with diversity of people, and that is a quality we should come to appreciate.
We also need to remember that there is a lot more that brings us together than tears us apart. After all, we share a common aim — one wherein we all desire to live happy and prosperous lives, one wherein we seek to grow personally and professionally, and one wherein we hope for a better tomorrow for our children. When measured fully, we know there are few disagreements that, in the end, could really ever be more important than such lofty pursuits.
To be sure, disagreements are common, and they are often welcomed, for, when the two parties share common interests, a healthy debate over ideals can spur the creation of mutually beneficial policies. But in order for that to occur, the parties must begin with consideration and respect for one another. There can be no place for blunt strife or vitriol or closed minds.
In times like these — in times when people of all stripes feel somewhat powerless to the forces of change impacting daily life — it is quite natural for us as people to succumb to the urge to retrench in our ideals and cling to the allegiances that seem familiar and safe. It is quite natural and easily understood, because, after all, we are human, and few of us are adept to a world where change is the only true constant. Nevertheless, clinging too hard to the familiar and disavowing that which is different could leave us at a disadvantage. It could leave us vulnerable to the influences of real enemies when or if they do appear.
We are not always going to see eye to eye, because we were not made to. In truth, Our Creator saw fit to make sure that no two of us ever possessed all of the same life experiences, from the same vantage points, at the same time, ever. Fate ensured that each of us grew to be our own person with our own unique background, our own passions, our own precepts, our own struggles, and our own weltanschauungs. An understanding of that truth should embolden us to thank God for the riches of perspectives that He has brought into our lives; it should enable every one of us to afford all others an almost celebratory amount of respect and consideration, as we welcome their new thoughts and ideals into our own understanding of the world.
Disagreements will come, but what is required of us is an open heart and open mind, as well as the provision of dignity towards others, in order to guarantee that we can work passed our differences and make them less relevant. That is how we create solidarity. That is how we build and maintain greatness. That is how we continue to be a model for the world. We cannot build walls, whether physical or psychological, in the face of things we find dissimilar to us. We cannot try to hide our hearts and minds from change. Rather, in our efforts to further the common aim for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness so indelibly enshrined in our Constitution, we must embrace one another as brothers and sisters, and continue the arduous work of making this nation truly great, together.