Humanity: It’s Not One Side or Another

Lauren Stallworth, Editor

Separation: One word, ten letters, 4 syllables, and a tiny part of a 470,000-word dictionary. Yet, this one word, this one concept, is all I see when I look around. We live in a country that is a dossier of revolutions and movements, founded on the very principle of being equal and free. But, when I turn on the news, walk in the hallways of our school, or even go to the grocery store, I don’t see this. What I do see? Separation; that one word once again, has come to dictate our society. But, what if we could all agree to let go of the resentment, agree to disagree without smearing each other’s reputation and creating a feud. . . What if it didn’t matter if you were Republican, Democratic, rich, poor, white, black, an immigrant, part of the LGBTQ community, disabled, a child, an adult, a teacher, a politician, a veteran, world leader, convenience store cashier, Muslim, or Catholic? Imagine that. What if, instead of constantly classifying each other, pouncing on every opportunity to be right, forcing our opinions on others, what if we took a different approach? What if instead of hearing “He’s an insane Republican,” or “She’s a pathetic Democrat,”, “He’s gay” or “She’s an illegal,” upon first observation of another human (A human being, same as you), what if we changed what we said, and considered other options? What about “Hey, I hope things aren’t too stressful right now,” or “Great job on that speech, I can tell you put a lot of work into it,”, “You seemed really upset earlier, are you doing okay?”, “Hey, do you need some help? You look pretty tired.” Or at the very least “I know we don’t see eye to eye on this, but there’s no point in getting mad at each other over it.”. What if we stopped being defined by what side we are on in an issue?

This isn’t a matter of agreement; disagreeing with one another gives us diversity and is our right. This isn’t a matter of social pressure or opinions. This is a matter of pure humanity. A matter of just respecting one another for living and breathing on this earth and going through the tribulations of life. Regardless of our views, we are all people. We all have had victories, losses, griefs, frustrations, and pains. We all have something that we tell everyone and something we choose to bury in ourselves. Maybe it’s shame, maybe it’s our pride we’re afraid of damaging, or maybe it just brings back a painful memory. But right now, that doesn’t seem to matter to people. And it might just tear this world apart.

We would be truly amazed at what we could get done if we all just worked together. If we could drop the labels and the stereotypes, and just give everyone a fair chance. We don’t have to hold each other’s hands and become best friends, but we need to do something. We have to make a change. The slander thrown from every side needs to stop. If not for ourselves, if not even for humanity, then for our future children and grandchildren, for our siblings, best friends, parents. Our families. We have to do it for someone. If we can’t change for the ones we love, then maybe it’s a moot point; maybe it can’t be changed. But I believe the hope is not lost yet. I think we can change. Will it be hard? Absolutely. Will we have to lay down our masks and resentment? Yes. Will we have to maybe bite our tongues sometimes? Probably. But maybe, just maybe, it would be worth it. If we could see a world without separation, we wouldn’t believe our eyes. My dream is that one day, our views would be regarded merely as what they are; a personal opinion. It wouldn’t be a title or a label, not a defining point in knowing that person. Maybe it seems pointless, but all I ask is that we try. As human beings, we all want the same thing: To love, and be loved. Why let that rot away? We might just shock ourselves at how much different things can become, for the better. For humanity.