December 8, 2016
Yael Eckstein's recent article in The Times of Israel shares an encouraging charge for moving forward from the recent presidential election.
In the heated and divisive world of politics where every news station has an agenda and the information we receive is more biased than balanced, we the citizens cannot afford to forget that the greatest tools of all are unity, compromise, critical thinking, and respect.
I remember being a young girl in Chicago when the Oslo Accords were being signed. I was too young to understand the details of this controversial agreement, but it made a strong impact on me. For weeks I heard family members on different sides of the political spectrum debating this agreement. What’s amazing is that I don’t remember one mean word or blow up. Rather, each side gave level-headed, legitimate reasons why they were for or against the agreement, and the other side listened with an open heart and respect.
Did either side change the other’s view? Probably not. But did they walk away realizing that those with opposing views were not terrible people? Definitely.
Government is a representation of a large portion of its population. This is why many people are scared about the election outcome. Their fear is that the new government will foster separation instead of unity. But it’s time we stop relying only on the government to unify the people. Instead, the people must unify the government. Once we practice, meet, and demand respect for the “other,” the government will surely follow.
Voting is not only done once every four years. It’s done every single day, by every single one of us, in every action we take.