Have you noticed a lot more fighting and dividing happening on people's social media pages the last few weeks? I've seen friends, neighbors and families debating each other and becoming divided about politics, COVID-19 and racial issues.
When I wrote that we need to have a
conversation about race
two weeks ago, I didn't mean on Facebook or Twitter. We need real conversations where we can talk, listen and explore the depths of the issues and the experiences that drive each person's perspective and narrative.
Instead of meaningful dialogue, people are responding back and forth with negative comments. They are angry and looking for someone to engage and unleash their anger on.
Too many are talking, instead of listening. Too many are looking for a fight instead of finding ways to unite. Too many are contributing to the noise pollution instead of being part of the solution.
St. Anthony of Padua said, "Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions."
The truth is, no one ever changed the world by arguing on social media. We need less words and more action!
I realize that you may not know where to start. When you dive into the issues, they are very complex and there is a lot to do. With all the layers to the predicament we are facing today it can feel overwhelming. It can make you feel powerless, so you don't do anything.
But we can all do something and if we all do one thing to contribute to the solution, we can accomplish a lot.
So, here's the deal. Find your "one thing" that you can do to contribute to the solution.
I don't know what your one thing should be. But I do know it feels a lot better to act and see change, than argue about it online.
Imagine if millions of people picked one thing to make a difference.
Imagine everyone being part of the solution.
This is how we will change the world for better!