Will Religion Bring Us Together or Tear Us Apart
In an ever polarized world, it seems like we’ve lost the ability to tolerate others that are different than we are. Whether Republicans vs Democrats vs Tea Party members or people of different religions like Catholics, Lutherans, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists like Tiger Woods, our nation seems incapable of coming together in times when this seems increasingly vital to the survival of our nation. How can we accomplish this?
In my opinion, the first place to start is knowledge. When news came this week that a plane crashed into a building in Austin, TX who didn’t think about 9-11 and that terrorist activity? Once those thoughts come to mind, we immediately wonder if the pilot was a Muslim terrorist until we find out the pilot was a 53 year old white guy upset with the IRS. Once we receive this information, the media then begins to speculate that it is a gun toting avenger who is a Tea Party member – once again not true. The problem we have today is that news sources today do not come unbiased. While we might have been naïve to think this happened in the past, our news media of today freely expresses their political and religious views with subtle descriptions of situations or people like Muslim terrorist or Tea Party fanatic.
In my mind, the best way to overcome these issues is to visit or view diverse sources of news. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to find websites that display news on all sides of a topic. For instance, a religious website that had catholic news, Lutheran news, Muslim news, and even atheist news would be a quick way to get a feel for the events across a wide variety of population segments. While the news stories within these segments may have skewed opinions, having a broad range of views will allow for a more balanced understanding of the perspectives of the different religious groups. I do the same thing with news. I find MSNBC to be fairly left in their views with Fox being more right. By spending a little time watching each channel, I find that I can quickly form my own opinion by comparing the information communicated on both channels.
I found the news of Obama calling a health care summit with republicans interesting in the context of coming together. In this case, the coming together seems to be a way for the parties to blame each other for problems instead of coming together to find a solution for a troubled health care system. In essence, the political parties are bartering and bickering while the solution remains elusive. It seems our political system is a reflection of the polarized country we live in but hopefully we figure out a way to come together before it costs our nation larger debts and additional untreated patients that suffer. This situation is a situation where a great deal of knowledge is available but our politicians are choosing to avoid rational thought to make a meaningful improvement for our citizens. Hopefully we can find a way to come together and it might take our religious beliefs as the common ground. What do you think? Is it possible for people in the US to come together for even a critical cause like health care? We’d love to hear your opinions.