This is a picture of our Charlie dog. Believe me. This is not a smile. Charlie does smile at us when we come home, but she is saying something quite different here. Usually, she's nicer than this, but a few of you have experienced her wrath first hand. I apologize.
This is how our country has become. We all get too upset especially when it comes to politics. We get ugly. We bare our teeth. So how can we prevent biting off our neighbor's nose when we talk politics? Can we? Do we talk politics anymore in person with those we disagree? It doesn't feel safe anymore. We leave it to comments written on Facebook or Twitter.
That's a shame. Those impersonal distance creating methods leave us more alienated and angry. A lot like Charlie.
But we still need to feed our nation. We still need to play. We need to work together and have discipline. Maybe our republic and our culture need some training in good manners again. Just like Charlie. We took her to dog training. Because she's a rescue dog, the trainer assessed that she's an anxious canine and her reactions are out of fear. I think that goes for most of us. We've been through some stuff.
I'd say, even the people I disagree with the most may be afraid. Afraid of their culture changing so fast. They lash out. The ones who embrace change and see it as evolution, are pushing these others out of their comfort zone. But I think both love our country. We need to SOLVE problems and we can't do that when we keep threatening one another. First we have to listen. Sit. Stay. Drop. Not roll over. I wouldn't go that far.
RELAX. TAKE A BREATH. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Don't let being on one side or the other keep us from finding common ground. We have too much at stake. Our country can be easily manipulated by forces that want us to be divided.
As the Beatles said in their song, "Come Together". To do so means having discipline over our mouths and the words we type on our phones or computers. It requires discipline and calmness that comes with practice.
Enough of this Wild Life.