Reader Opinion: Stop and think
There is a small minority who would rather tear things down and destroy systems, with violence if necessary, to impose their ideas of how everyone else should live.
If we will stop for a moment and think about what is going on in our nation and in the world, we will realize that nearly everyone wants pretty much the same thing, the ability to live a good and productive life, the opportunity to raise a family, have food and shelter, have an opportunity to get an education, be healthy and be able to retire with dignity and to live in a democracy in which you have a voice in decisions about your future and the future of the society.
The exceptions to this are a small minority who would rather tear things down and destroy systems, with violence if necessary, to impose their ideas of how everyone else should live.
Most of us share those common goals listed above. We also have some common issues that require our attention if we are to survive as a democracy, as a viable planet and as a human race. These challenges can only be dealt with effectively if we remember our common goals, put our other differences aside, and work together, resisting the pressures of those who see profit in keeping us divided.
We’re living with a wildfire that threatens to destroy our democratic society, killing hundreds of thousands more of our fellow citizens and destroying the possibility of viable human life on this planet. We cannot afford to be squabbling about whose house should be saved first, or who is the fire chief or who gets to put the fire out, or what hoses we get to use. It is all hands on deck, everyone doing whatever they can to support a unified effort to survive.
Just stop and think about how much we have in common and how urgent it is to work together to meet those goals.