There’s no shortage of national lament about how divided our country has become. People are struggling to find common ground and instead are trying to figure out where we go from here.
Shouldn’t we be celebrating these differences?
What do people expect after years of being told that we have all these differences to be celebrated? What do you think people will conclude when we tell them that because our skin color is different, we have nothing in common, and we should celebrate that? Are we really surprised that we’re so focused on our differences after being bludgeoned with the message that it’s the differences that make us special?
A few years ago, I wrote about a Prince performance in 2002 in which he said we should celebrate our similarities. It was just as obvious to him then as it should be to us now.
Instead of celebrating our differences, which is a big ask, if not completely illogical, perhaps we should start focusing on our similarities and what we have in common.
We are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It’s an aspiration. An ideal, to be sure. But one we should all try to live up to.
That we all live together in the greatest country on earth, even with its flaws, should be a good starting point to bring us together.
It’s well past time to start actively finding our similarities. In fact, it may be too late. But for the good of the country, it’s time to change the slogan.