WHY DOES IT TAKE A TRAGEDY TO UNITE US
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen two hurricanes cause great damage to the Southcentral and Southeast parts of the US. Yesterday, September 11th was the anniversary of the cowardly terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The reaction and response of people to all of those events; whether 16 years ago, 16 days ago, or 16 hours ago all highlighted the best of people. No one asked what religion, what color, what sexual orientation, or what ethnicity or background someone was before they pulled them out of a flooded home, a stranded car, or a burning building. No one rescued from any of those or other dire circumstances asked if the rescuer was a Democrat or a Republican, or if they were a liberal or a conservative.
Americans, in these times of national crisis, act like – Americans. One nation, one people united for the common good. We are an amazing country.
Why then can we almost bet money that in a few weeks or a few months or maybe even a few days we’ll be snapping at each other, calling each other names, and fighting over policy in a way that is totally opposite of the unity and common purpose we see right now? What is it about our nation right now that makes us only seem to unite when tragedy strikes?
Think about it.