There’s only you and me and we just disagree

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One of my favorite songs is “We Just Disagree” by  Dave Mason. It is about how we can relate to people who have different beliefs than us.

We see increasingly partisan politics in the world. This doesn’t help anyone. What is most surprising is that the people who are most hurt, are the ones who are acting the most irrationally.

I don’t need to point to any specific context. Pick your battle in the difference of opinion and there are people who suffer and those who don’t. Ask yourself, how am I suffering in what is going on? Is it rather that my beliefs may feel not valued, and is that more important than individual rights?

Don’t you find it strange that we all want individual rights, but we are willing to deny the rights of others? Is that justice? Is that freedom? Is freedom a country in which those who are not part of one party don’t get treated equally? I think we fought a civil war when people weren’t treated equally.

We fought for the right for women to have equal rights to men, and now we deny them the right to their bodies. I don’t want death either, but there are worse things than death. When people do not have the right to have their lawful rights respected, that is a worse choice.

I get it. I was raised Catholic and thought that Abortion was wrong once. I was a child and grew up, and learned that this is not something done with ease or choice in many cases. We don’t have the right to dictate what people choose to do with their doctor.

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We don’t have the right to hurt others to satisfy our morality. Every Christian who supports this kind of state-sponsored terrorism is a wrong full stop. Do you remember the story where Jesus was presented with a woman caught in the act of adultery? He said, “He who is without sin among you cast the first stone.” We have no right to cast stones at each other. We need to treat each other as brothers and sisters in humanity, and not as battlegrounds for our own vanity.