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One of the inherent flaws in the human condition is to separate ourselves from or label someone or something else as other. We see it as early as grade school, on the playground… the “us vs them” mentality. We see it with our sports teams, or religious practices and it’s definitely the source of our racial division. Something about the human condition says, “if you’re not exactly like me, if you don’t do what I do, or think the way that I think, you’re wrong.” And here lately, people are holding so steadfastly to their ideals that situations are escalating to violence.


There’s a universal oneness to everything in God’s magnificent creation. To deny it causes unnecessary stress and strain on our lives, since you’re denying God’s natural order. It would be much simpler to embrace every beautiful expression of God, in all its myriad of forms. Instead, people are under the veil of falsity that makes them think that they must fight everything, that it is natural to be a source of dissention at every conversation… on social media etc. It’s not. Love is our most natural state. And just imagine what all that stress is doing to your physical body. After you do that, next, imagine what all that dissention, bashing and evil is doing to your soul.

This brings me to the current political climate. I understand we all have our views and they will differ, but I encourage all of you who are outspoken dissenters, who spend your time arguing with others about the rightness and wrong-ness to consider finding a constructive way to voice your concerns instead of lashing out in ignorance toward others. This country belongs to all of us, and being divided will never help us improve the state of our nation. We should pray, have conversations that rise above who’s right or wrong and that move toward fair solutions to all our problems. And yes, we should support peaceful protests. But, we should also be more willing to compromise. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. In all or nothing situations there’s a 50% chance you’ll end up with zero.

Fighting about situations solves nothing. Voice your concerns in a positive way. Be supportive of the process or work to change it. Don’t just sit on social media picking fights with everyone. Be a part of the solution. The bottom line is that this country is not just yours or mine… it’s ours. Instead of fighting, let’s all work together to make it the best that it can be.

Bring on the trolls, Lol.


Tonya Lampley is a fiction author and Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about living life to the fullest and uses skills learned from her work as a coach as well as lessons from her own journey to write articles providing tips for successful living and to tell stories of hope and personal triumph. Her debut novel was titled A Taste of Love and was a National Indie Excellence Awards finalist. Her short story titled Birthday Surprise received honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. For more information about Tonya and her works please visit www.TonyaLampley.com.

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