What connects us is so much stronger

Posted Tuesday, May 22nd 2012 at 1:37pm

By Arley Hoskin
We live in a divided nation. If you need proof, watch a cable news network for 30 seconds.
I’ve always been a believer that what unites us is far stronger than what divides us. And even in the midst of a presidential campaign, I still believe this to be true.
Maybe it’s my faith in one God, who created us all, or maybe it’s just idealistic optimism. Whatever the reason, I believe that in the end our political ideology, religious belief and even college sports affiliations don’t matter. I believe that the human condition guides us toward connections with one another.
I believe this because it has been my experience. Despite growing up in a conservative home and attending a very conservative Christian university (I think women were only allowed a wear pants a few years before I started going), I grew up to be a liberal Christian. You know, one of those do-good types who are more into social justice than leading people to salvation. Yup, that’s me.
You can imagine that I would feel very divided from all the conservatives I know from my upbringing and college years. There was a time in my life where I would say, absolutely, I feel divided and then go into a 10-minute rant about how my views and way of thinking are right.
Those days are over. The older I get the more I let the little things slide and focus more on my connections with others, rather than on the dividers the cable news throws in my face.
Sure, I believe in my convictions. And I’ll never come to terms with someone who is against gay rights. But I’ve learned that I can disagree with someone about issues I really care about with out disregarding the person all together.
I have friends who are republican, friends who are conservative Christians and, most shocking of all, I even have friends who are Mizzou fans. In the end, our different beliefs don’t divide us because what connects is so much stronger.
In this divided nation, during this contentious presidential election, I encourage you to look for those connections with others rather than focus on the items that divide.


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