Two sides problem

The problem with labels is that we almost always end up excluding someone.

Insiders and outsiders.

The Jazz and the Lakers.

Freshman and seniors.

The moment we have two sides, we equate it to right or wrong.

When Republicans and Democrats see one side is losing they assume their side must be winning.

The battle is not good versus evil either. There are a lot of ways we can govern. We don’t live in a zero sum world.

There is no us without them. We’re in this together.

Exclusivity is everywhere. But it is a choice who we are excluding. For too long, I am afraid, we have been excluding people because of superficial features over merit. Perhaps the challenge going forward is to let go of the labels our ancestors have built and figure out how we can be more inclusive for the people around us.

Communities over tribes.