Martin Luther King famously said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” It is great to imagine the US population whipped into a fury of loud voices to push back. This is not the starting point.
The start is the moral courage to shift the conversations around us. The start is the each person defining the moral line in the sand they will not cross — before they unwittingly cross it.
“…But it’s not the world that I am changing. I do this so this world will know that it will not change me” sings Garth Brooks in The Change. This is where each person starts: putting their feet down firmly to stand for something.
I challenge you to stand where you are.
I challenge you to find your own morality and ethics.
I challenge you to shift the conversations around you through dialog that opens perspectives — not berates people on their own perspective and belief.
We need to close this chasm where it isn’t enough that one side wins, the other side must lose too. We need to find a way to dialogue to an agreeable solution.
Will everyone be perfectly content? No.
Will we get through this? Yes, together.