Individuals Standing Together or One Unit Moving Together
If we take a comprehensive look at American politics' current state, we realize there are several trivial differences within the two major political parties. At first glance, the countless disagreements make it look like two different worlds living in stark contrast.
When we drill down to both parties' nature, we notice that there may be more similarities than differences. As they have both grown from the same origins in American history, many values are held at both parties' core. Despite the perspectives they paint of each other, the conclusions may be an overreaction.
Instead of different worlds, they may instead be different sides of the coin. Two beliefs that are of one. It is seen as a crude makeup in the mirror only because each side doesn’t fully understand itself or the other.
Leadership comes in as a strength that can explain several political divides. Gun ownership, views on equal rights, and welfare expectations can all come from this single difference. As it seems, both sides believe the other is out for itself and refuses to move forward together. The left often paints Republicans with excessive selfishness and the right paints Democrats with extreme selflessness. Why might this be so?
The debate of welfare and equal rights magnifies the progressive desire for a chance to move forward as one - and accepting the American public as a single unit moving forward together.
Conservatives often attribute a different but similar perspective. One that says we are all individuals that are moving forward together. This difference may seem minor, but it can change how we view the world in significant ways:
One world where it is right to go out of our way to help others vs. a world where we have to learn to be self-sufficient to grow stronger.
One world where we must take guns from the whole to protect the few, vs. a world where we need guns if we are to defend ourselves.
It is this interchangeable belief that we find the two parties disagreeing on. In the matter of abortion, it's reversed. Conservatives are the ones who see as a single unit, and progressives see us as individuals standing together, moving forward. And so, we find this combination at the core of all the modern-day debates. What we refuse to believe, however, is that both sides are part of a whole, and when we combine the two, we will find a policy that works for both sides of the American divide.
A Matter of Strength
The problem comes when we realize that both sets of beliefs are often accurate in different ways. Each provides a set of solutions that answer the question of morality in different scenarios.
"Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and he eats for a lifetime." As we look at the political whole, we are continually balancing disagreeing on what it means to 'teach.' It is a matter of balance between empathy and strength. For if we are too passive, we forget about ourselves, and if we are too aggressive, we push everyone away.
Often, when we look towards leadership, we idolize the two components in their absolutes.
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are notable examples of the former. They bring peace and calm, that allows us to come together.
We have leaders like Winston Churchill and Roosevelt, who moved forward with tact and purpose.
We live in a society that is continuously growing out of a world where each answered the problems of the era. But as we specialize in our beliefs, our language must also develop with us.
All too often, progressives see the Republican party's desired rigidity as a route to totalitarian fascism. Unable to see the empathy in their strength.
All too often, conservatives see the Democratic party's desired passivity as a route to totalitarian communism. Unable to see the strength in their empathy.
A New Set of Standards
What we are seeing is the debate of an outdated era conflicting with our present state. It’s no longer communism or fascism, and we have long agreed on democratic governing. The questions should become a balance of understanding for:
Individual Liberties vs. Collective Liberties
Self-Growth vs. Growth of Society
The Balance between Power and Empathy
Selflessness vs. Self-Care
We are living in a new era. For us to evolve into these modern times, we must accept a single fact. Our conversations may be of the same nature, but they are of entirely different languages. There needs to be a new level of trust to have conversations instead of arguments - agreements instead of chastising each other. The only question is, are you willing to step up to our new responsibilities?