The first battle of Charlottesville in 1864 was between the North and the South. The second battle of Charlottesville in 2017 was between the Right and the Left. The President said, “there were good people on both sides.” Many disagree. So how does a Democracy admit there are differences even while saying all sides are equal?
Our first gritty gut reaction is the usual suspects: race, nationality, gender, income, religion. But frankly not one of them holds up to the charge, because now we’ve learned goodness and greatness can come from any of these. So I repeat, how do we admit our differences without denying our equality?
In 1984 Robert Fulghum wrote a small classic: “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, flush, take a nap every afternoon, and remember we all die.
If people in this Democracy can’t learn these, then here’s the deal. They don’t belong at your lunch table, in your neighborhood, in your local school, in any public office. That’s it! Stop making it complicated…
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