bridging the divide

I very rarely watch the news. I stopped that practice about 15 years ago because I grew tired of hearing bad news and the rhetoric.

I rarely listen to live radio, even if music-based stations. Thank you to options like spotify and audible for providing me ear candy for if and when I choose.

Yes, I am pretty active on linkedin. My justification is that this is a platform where a lot of “my people” from the medical device industry frequent and hangout.

I axed my facebook account about 10 years ago. However, I did decide a few months ago to reactivate a facebook account. One primary motivating reason for doing so was to reconnect with people as I explore a real estate venture.

For the connections, I’m grateful for a platform like facebook.

And it’s clear, after being on here for the past few months, there seems to be a pretty significant divide in this world right now, especially in the U.S.

What’s interesting to me is that I recall my own perspectives from about 15 – 20 years ago. At that time, I recall most people I knew basically desired the same things from life. Few people I knew were political per se. Sure, we all had some political points of view and certain taboo topics that were near and dear. But by and large, regardless of differences, the people I knew back then were amicable, peaceful, and tolerant of others and other points of view.

What the hell has happened since then?

Why does it seem like now everyone–regardless of left, right, or center–has become a political expert who is so willing to share extreme points of view? Why does it seem like so many people these days are going to share these points of view, regardless if you ask for it or not? How have we lost our ability to be open-minded and peaceful and tolerant?

I have some suspicions on how we got here.

What are we willing to do to get back to good? What are we willing to do to bridge this [perceived] divide?

 

Disclaimer: These thoughts and words are my own and in no way, shape, or form represent the opinions, facts, and/or points of view of anyone or any organization but me.

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