You can please some of the people, some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. And yet, we keep trying; and in doing so, we displease far more then we please.
You see, humans are basically cautious and that means they sometimes give the wrong impression when in a social environment. We also have ah inherent need to be liked and belong. That is why they are joiners. They join clubs, associations, and political parties with people who are like them when it comes to likes and dislikes.
Today, we have groups who, after decades or even a lifetime, feel they deserve to be heard and respected. That is a natural human desire. However it appears that some groups take that desire a bit too far and become radical, abusive and overdemanding.
It's the 1960s on steroids. It's not just a black-white thing any longer. It's a male-female thing; a Muslim-Christian thing; a Democrat-Republican thing; a gay-straight thing, and a host of other group vs. group things.
You need a scorecard to identify all the groups. And what does all of this group vs group drama accomplish? Division!
We are a nation divided because we want to be a nation of all inclusiveness. That goes against all rational thinking. We were all made differently, so we could be what we are: special, unique. When a government or a group declares that they alone are special and unique, we end up on a journey toward chaos. We are one stop away.
Like it or not, we are all prejudice. We were not born that we, we learned it over our lifetime from our parents, grandparents, teachers and religious leaders.
Somewhere along the way, we either keep those learnings in our makeup, or become more aware of our surrounding environment. In the end, we decide what are prejudices are, and we all have them.
So, here we are: a nation divided because of our desire to be fair and inclusive. We seem to be willing to give up our individuality to become part of a collective. It's not the America I grew up in, know and love.
JOHN FEDELE JR., Salina