Wednesday, November 9, 2016
While many have resorted to harsh words and conflict as their reaction to the recent election results, I feel that now, more than ever, we should be coming together as a country to promote love. It is easy to view this dispute on a surface level; putting those with different opinions in boxes of “right” and “wrong.” It is easy to overlook the reasoning behind a presidential preference that contrasts from your own. It is easy to name-call, and to see only the negative traits of those who disagree with you. It is easy to hate.
It is not always so easy to recognize the humanity in others. We like to build walls (I’m sorry) between each other, and separate ourselves according to beliefs, opinions, race, sexuality, etc. Now, with an election result so surprising and controversial, it is easy to lose empathy for others. It is imperative that we do not lose site of all of the things that connect us to one another. Practice compassion, and love others regardless of their beliefs.
I’ve recently been slightly obsessed with Alicia Keys’ new album, “Here.” There’s one song in particular that I feel is very relevant today. “Holy War” encompasses everything I talked about above, and then some. Take a listen.
“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” - Plato