Less Than United States

Pride Has Many Colors, Photo by BradensEye

Being in unison inspires a sensitivity for community and sympathy. When we share common cooperation our effect on the greater good stands tall, while the individual maintains confidence. The moment we break alliance for the integration of our whole we sacrifice the collective. Any tear in the fabric of unity aggravates, incites trouble, and welcomes exclusivity. All are the very harsh reactions of a lack of united spirit. Blinded reputation isn’t merely a defect upon the infringer, as the ripple unto the planet spurs devastating results. Think famine, fear, greed, war, and the ultimate irreversible death.

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I type in a state of trying times. I write specifically in what can be referred to as a blue state (more Democratic votes in overall percentage) and a green state (eco-conscious). Regardless of my personal leanings, it’s easy enough for me to locate someone both for and against this state bias. What remains incredulous for me as a citizen of my currently based state, as well my home state I was birthed in or any other state I’ve lived or traveled in is the expectation of division that has become synonymous with the United States of our America. I’m proud to be an American most of the time. Contrary to the gleaming stars and stripes that waft on winds, I’m disappointed with the less than united states of our minds here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A.

We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. ~Gwendolyn Brooks

Inclinations decide our impulses to support. If lacking cohesive assurance our problems may be solved or hard times vanquished we’re instinctively thrust into survival mode. Anxiety is so close to me at times I’ve contemplated it as a friend in an attempt to investigate the ease with which it pops by for a visit. As simply as stresses ramble around my business, they provoke a poking outward on the lives of those with whom I interact. What began as an intellectual conversation turned debate of morals can cease a relationship in one fell swoop of words the opposing person doesn’t like. Anger is a hefty tool wielded by the selfish seeking uncoordinated states and country alike. Everything reverts to the disposition of ourselves conjoined with our leaders.

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

~John Lennon, Imagine

Harnessing a healthy national rapport appears analogous to baking tiramisu out of desert dust in the midst of a cyclone on Mars. It takes far more than a fine set of balls to set the standards to upkeep the intention for the unified states of America. While I don’t have finite answers, I have shared experiences that bear merit. Almost every time I’ve traveled internationally for the last decade plus, I run across passionate foreigners both praising and tearing down the United States. Those who see our glory come from countries fueled by dictators, communism, even socialism exposure that’s left them much fewer rights and voting powers than our average resident. Others speaking of perceived insanity in our land ask countless questions about the language or behaviors of our Presidents and their Cabinets. Their end game sparks mass confusion depending on my line of content or discontent with various issues. We’re equally baffled how the United States manages in less than united times.

I won’t cheat myself into thinking we can get along all of the time. How should we marry the partisan politicking, racial slurring, gender blending, culturally misguided? This is hardly an American sticky point alone. All over the globe people face disunity causing heartache and closing lives. Well beyond ancient Greek and biblical times the motto “United we stand, divided we fall” cries out to modern humanity. If I walk down a dirty street, no matter it is my own backyard, the ocean blue, or Guatemala too, choosing not to help clean it and solely complain about the trash would make me one of ‘them’. They are those aiming to keep the united out of my beloved states. The sooner we stop investing in reasons to keep us apart the faster we assimilate the very togetherness that built us in the first place. What makes America the greatest for me has been the fusion of all kinds. Amalgamation is the proverb on which our forebearers stepped ashore and risked borders for the betterment of lives they love. And, in honor of all realms of them before and since I affirm a most united stance:

One love, one heart . . .
Let’s get together and feel all right

~Bob Marley, One Love

Much more than blips in time I’d appreciate a cross-pollinated concerted effort for truly lasting harmony.

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