Start where we are

A recent study found that when it comes to conflict between rival groups (such as Republicans and Democrats or Israelis and Palestinians), each side felt that their group was motivated by love. When asked why their rival group was involved in the conflict they pointed to hate as the other groups motivating factor–meaning people feel that their position is “good” while those who oppose them are “bad.”

No matter what side of the *fence you’re on with any controversial issue, we can start at places where we can all agree upon:

Every human being deserves dignity, opportunity and respect. We all want to feel safe, we want to be happy, we want to be heard, we want to be missed when we are gone, we want to make contributions that matter, we want to leave the world a better place, we want freedom.

Bridging the gap of our differences begins with recognizing intent. People are us and we are people. We can’t go forward without each other.

*A note about fences or lines in the sand or any type of barrier that divides us, let’s also agree that these aren’t necessary to maintain. All human beings have 99.9% identical DNA, it is the 0.1% that makes us unique. We have more in common than we think. We are the same.