Raising Our Future
Anyone else tired of reading all the hatred while scrolling through your feed? It seems to be the status quo across ALL social platforms. People are unfriending or unfollowing one another due to varied political viewpoints. It makes me sick to my stomach. I’ve been avoiding social media as much as I can today, just to retain my sanity.
I remain hopeful that good will outweigh evil during this trying time in our country. Currently, we stand as a nation divided, literally right. down. the. middle. Everyone is either; happy, angry, scared, depressed, shocked, anxious, hopeful and any other range of emotion out there. The 2016 Election year was a parade, more so circus, of different political demonstrations we as a country had not seen before. The veil was lifted during this time and people want their voices heard.
The riots, protests, people name-calling one another, life long friendships ending and neighbors fighting is just the tip of the iceberg. What the media hasn’t covered and didn’t expect is that as Americans we face a bigger problem born from hate. That problem is, where do we go from here? No one seems to have the answer besides the blanket “we need to work together” statement.
When I look out into the echo chamber of social media, I only see us yelling in the mirror. We seem to be afraid of ourselves. Scared of where we are headed. We are unsure of who we are as a country and we do not understand why we are here. In fear, hatred can breed and it is brewing up a nasty storm. As a mom this terrifies me. I want the best for my children, to have them grow up to be kind, honest and caring individuals.
As mothers we strive to be the example for our children to look up to. In order for us to forgive, empathize and even apologize we need to talk to one another. We have to do this, especially if those people are different from us. Have we empathized with those that have different views than us? Have we truly listened with an open mind? Have we sought out people different than ourselves to understand what they value and hold important in their lives? These are tools we try and teach our children, to be better humans, but do we use them ourselves? Or have we retreated into social media to throw stones into the social abyss?
Social media has connected us with long lost friends, new friends, ideas and information we never had before. Yet, in the end it is the connection we have with those around us that matter most. Those interactions, those conversations with the people around us, not online, that set the tone. It provides the model our children need.
We fear the wealthy, the special interest groups and big corporations because they think they hold the key to our future. They couldn’t be more wrong. As mothers we are the ones blessed with real power to change the future. That power lives in the little ones running under our feet.
My hope is that there are more moms out there who want this hatred to end. At the end of the day the election turned out the way it did. Whether your candidate won or lost doesn’t define how you raise your children. Right now they are what matters.
Put your phones down. We are raising our future. Right here, right now. It is time to act like it. Let’s spread the love and end the hate ladies. ❤
-A mom who wants the hatred to end