Have you noticed that in disasters, people don’t ask about your political party before they pull you out of a burning car, or if you’re a Christian before they stand for hours in front of your home adding sandbags to a wall, trying to push back an overflowing river?
None of those things matter in emergencies, because we are down to bare-bones: I give my energy to your energy to help save your life, your child, your home, whatever, I am here. Somehow, when things go really bad, we move to another level of consciousness, or communication. The situation is clear and so are we: We know what needs to be done. The worst disasters bring out the best in us. Isn’t that really something?
It shouldn’t be so hard to take the next evolutionary step, should it? Imagine this: “I respect you as a fellow human being. I respect that your views may be different from mine, and that they are valid to you. I haven’t walked in your shoes to understand why you feel the way you do, so, please, let’s talk. I acknowledge that I don’t know everything and that I have much to learn. Let’s see what we can work out together.”
What a step forward that would be, eh?