Orlando. Baghdad. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Dallas. Nice.
The list is long. It’s overwhelming. I want to help, but what can I do?
I believe I can choose. Let me explain.
- I can choose to greet everyone with a smile.
- I can choose to say hello.
- I can choose to listen.
- I can choose to learn.
- I can choose to seek out those that are different.1
- I can choose to listen to understand, not planning my response or rebuttal.2
- I can choose to seek that what unites us, not what divides us.
- I can choose to be willing to change my opinions.
- I can choose to apologize when I’ve hurt someone.
- I can choose to look for the win-win, not the win-lose.3
- I can choose to confront prejudice.4
In my desire to change the world, I must be willing to change myself first.5
What should I add to my list? What are you willing to do?
- Social media, especially Twitter, is perfect for this. With a little searching, I have found those with different politics, colors, orientations, and experiences, who are advocating for positive change. I try to be careful reading the response/comments. Anonymity gives many the license to be jerks or worse. I don’t accept abuse. The blockhammer works. ↩
- Karen Armstrong quotes Donald Davidson, “Whether we like it or not, if we want to understand others, we must regard them as right in most matters.” ↩
- And vote for candidates with the same view. ↩
- Many times, a simple, “I don’t get it” is the perfect response to a prejudiced joke. (And again, vote for candidates with the same view.) ↩
- Matthew 7:3-5 ↩