Stop fight­ing and en­joy one an­other

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDI­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

A good friend of mine is a hunter. He eats what he shoots. I can­not harm God’s lit­tlest crea­tures. I am a ve­gan. Yet, we are friends.

A neigh­bor joins me and my dog, Billy Bob, for long walks around our neigh­bor­hood. My neigh­bor is an NRA mem­ber and be­longs to a shoot­ing club. I have never held a gun and would like to see more gun con­trol. Yet, we are friends.

My clos­est friend cast a vote for Don­ald Trump. True to my flam­ing lib­eral cre­den­tials, I voted for the Demo­crat. Mere pol­i­tics can­not di­vide us. We are still friends.

These won­der­fully unique peo­ple and I have more in com­mon than not. We all love our fam­i­lies, two-legged or four. We read the same good books, en­joy get­ting our hands in the dirt, and re­hash our fa­vorite Net­flix show, “Stranger Things.” No mat­ter which po­lit­i­cal party holds of­fice, we deeply love and want what is best for our coun­try.

In the cur­rent po­lar­ized po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, we all need a re­minder that we can­not change minds by hit­ting each other over the head with a two-by-four. Hands down, Face­book and Twit­ter are def­i­nitely the two-by-fours of the 21st cen­tury.

Let us all com­mit to less time on so­cial me­dia and more face-to-face time with a friend, neigh­bor, or fam­ily mem­ber. Start a con­ver­sa­tion. Make eye con­tact. En­joy the smile thrown your way. Share a laugh. Em­brace your com­mon­al­ties and try to un­der­stand the other’s point of view. Agree to dis­agree. You will al­ways find you have more in com­mon than not.

Re­main friends. God bless all Amer­i­cans.

JIVLEEN KAUR SANDHU.

RICH­MOND.

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