I am a bit late with this post as April Fool’s Day was Sunday. so writing this any way will probably make me look foolish to some. I think that gives me some credibility as an expert on looking foolish, but probably diminishes my reliability on one who knows how to avoid it. So, I’ll cut to the chase. I don’t think you can avoid looking foolish to someone somewhere.
In a culture that tries to believe that we have become so advanced and so open-minded, the painful truth is we haven’t. For example, if you support gun control in America, your foolish to those who strongly believe that gun regulation will not diminish violent acts with guns. If you voted for Donald J. Trump, you are a fool to those who voted against him or for another candidate. If you deny the possibility of global warming, you look foolish to those who support efforts to reduce the affects of global warming.
I could share several other examples in religion, education, discipling children, or the existence of God. The truth is that during this past year it is vividly clear that those differences strongly and widely divide us. There appears to be no real answer or solution to bridging the gap.
Under the last Presidential administration, efforts were made to narrowing the gap by having all sides of an issue coming together to discuss and debate. Those efforts have continued in this administration, an example being the March for Our Lives. This appears to be a valid first step towards finding common ground and solving differences. Why doesn’t this work? I believe it stems from an inability to respect others who might believe differently, behave differently, dress differently, are ethnically different, or have experienced life differently than ourselves.
Maybe the lack of respect stems from an inability to relate to and therefore understand another. It seems too many of us have difficulty validating another person’s feelings. I hear argument over who has experienced the most pain, sorrow or injustice. That’s like a parent making light of a child’s tears because someone at school doesn’t like them any more. We really don’t care if we cannot validate another’s pain as real, even if it is only real to them.
To me injustice finds its roots in being judgmental. Judgmental attitudes grow out of pride and selfishness or even shame and self pity. The belief that no one has suffered like me or been hurt like me is just as prejudice as no one is wiser than me or more deserving than me. Either belief will demand their rights even if it means damaging the rights of others.
April Fool’s Day this year came on the same day as Easter. Easter means different things to different people. For some, it is just another day. For others, it marks the transition of winter into spring and in America, we celebrate that with colorful eggs, chicks, baskets, etc. For others, I being one, it represents the resurrection of Christ which is His triumph over death. His death the ultimate sacrifice and necessary to help imperfect humanity relate to a perfect Creator. The stronger the relationship to the Creator equates to being better able to relate to others.
One of those better ways of relating is personified by Christ’s willingness to sacrifice his life for others. It looked foolish and still does look foolish to some. Yet, we claim to respect our first responders and military who have given their lives for our freedom. By the way, and I think you know this, there are some who see these heroic acts as foolish.
I share this to say, I do not believe we can truly solve our differences until we have the courage to sacrifice a little of our freedom to help someone find justice. You might have more difficulty when purchasing a gun. You might have to give up a tax credit to fund someone’s education. It just might mean that you get hurt or you look foolish until true justice is established. It is risky. That’s why it takes courage and commitment.
This past few years in America also have shown that when people are willing to sacrifice, we become stronger. When disasters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck, common folks rallied to help even people they don’t know. We are strong and we have the capability.
You might not have to do anything drastic. It might just take a little more faith in your ability to rise above whatever happens. It’s not easy, but the easiest path does not always lead to success like peace, joy, and unity. There is a rumor that the easy path often leads to destruction like hate, prejudice and wider and wider division.
Our enemies love to see us divided. It is easier to conquer us. I think that makes compromise and sacrifice more patriotic, more humane, and more rewarding in the long run. Making it easy for our enemies, looks foolish to me.
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