I’ve been feeling divided recently. I think a lot of us are feeling the same way.
Brexit, the outcome of the general election, the crippling of the NHS, police shootings in the USA, Donald Trump, the women’s march, the fallout from social care reforms, changes needed in the agricultural industry.
All these things are leading me to feel divided from those whose opinion is different from my own. I can feel the anger and frustration growing in me as I look upon these issues and feel pretty powerless to change anything.
There’s also a part of my that is outraged at those who have a different point of view from my own. I can’t see where they’re coming from at all! I mean, who would agree with what Donald Trump is doing in America or agree that restricting EU immigration is a good thing for the UK?!
After the UK elections, I couldn’t even begin to understand why people would vote for a party that’s committed to reducing the diversity that has made our country great or how anyone could support a government who seems hell bent on reducing support for those who need it through welfare reforms and stricter criteria to get much needed help.
Yes, without doubt reform in our system is needed – to reduce bureaucracy and remove duplication. But not a dismantling of the system all together, which is where I can see things going in the future.
But at the same time, I know that being divided from those who voted differently to me, who support a different political party, who have a different opinion to my own is not the right way to change anything.
My anger will not bring about peace. Dividing myself from others will not bring about harmony.
So I need to find a way of being able to walk in these people’s shoes. To understand where they come from. To sense the need that is driving their actions.
And perhaps this will in turn give them space to contemplate where I’m coming from.
If we don’t do this, the division will just keep on growing and our difference will be polarised even more.
And that’s not going to help anyone.