People were so nice about yesterday’s post I am inspired to write another
My topic today is “Everybody Wants the Same Thing”. I mean at a very basic level. We all want to be physically secure and safe. We all want to have meaningful work that earns us enough to live in some degree of comfort and have a little fun once in a while. If we have kids, we want to see them grow up in good health and have those same things we want for ourselves. Also, because we are social animals, we want friends and family. That all seems pretty simple. How hard can it be?
Apparently, the answer is “very hard”. It seems we can all agree on what we want, but not on how or even if we can all have these things. Nor can we agree on how to get those things. Take American politics as an example.
The average Republican, for example, believes that government should only provide defense (including law enforcement). They see any other government action as unwanted interference. This keeps taxes low, they figure, and is good for everybody.
Democrats, on the other hand, will tell you that rich people have unfair advantage in a competitive economy and that government intervention is needed to protect vulnerable individuals and address environmental concerns.
What we see today is this simple, basic disagreement about how to get what we want blown way out of proportion. Our leaders hunker down in their separate camps and refuse to consider any proposals from the “other side”. Both forgetting that at a basic level we all agree on what we want.
So, who is right? It is my opinion that there is an element of truth on both sides—and way more faulty thinking on every side. It leaves me wondering what would happen if we all just set party labels aside and address the pressing issues of the day by looking at what is actually happening and using our skillful means of negotiation to arrive at a practical solution.
For example: A poll I recently saw indicated that over 70% of the voting public believes military style assault rifles should be illegal. How is it that in a functioning democracy something that is supported by a large majority can not be enacted into law? People accepting their party line as reality and not accepting the real truth that is staring them in the face—that the majority of Americans want common-sense gun control.
Furthermore, opponents of gun control further distort the picture by claiming the “other side” is “coming for your guns”. This in spite of the fact that every gun control advocate I have ever seen is quite vocal about saying they don’t want your hunting rifles and shotguns. This leaves both sides pointing across the aisle and claiming, “They are lying to you.”
What a mess. My suggestion is let’s all try to figure out what reality is and advocate sensible solutions to pressing issues that interfere with getting what we want. Just remember—we all want the same thing.