Controversy by design is divisive and maintains a sense of instability with the general population and is used by those in positions of influence for the primary purpose of keeping their opposition in a state of flux. Controversy can be effective when used appropriately to distract your competition in a business environment or athletic competition from focus and create an opportunistic environment in which you can flourish.
We have lived through troubling and anxious times before but through those eras we had faith in the leadership of those in positions of influence, leadership that would guide us with intention to come out the other side having grown stronger and more determined to make the world a better place. We had faith in the institutions in which they served that the historical significance set out before them would provide guidance and direction for an agreeable outcome.
The traditional media, social media, bloggers, writers, editorialists and journalists remind us daily on the division in not only the USA but also the world. Power and influence are no longer being used to create opportunity for the greater good. Certain elected officials are now using power and influence for their personal gain and to exert control over those who elected them.
Power and influence most recently was used to destroy a procedure in one of our most prominent legislative institutions ever created, our United States Senate. Them and we are words now used in our modern age to cast blame and divide us, yet forgetting that ultimately there is only we to consider. We are the world in which we all have to live collectively or perish at the expense of our division. Ultimately it is impossible to separate us, we only have one planet and as a result of instantaneous communication and satellite imagery this planet is getting smaller every day.
We have arrived at a place in history where our desire for power and influence has overreached our ability to extend our hand to anyone who possesses the slightest differences or opinions. The use of diplomacy and dialogue have been cast aside and replaced with antagonistic actions and a lack of adult communication.
A few weeks ago my pastor during his message to our congregation said: “We are safer when we are friends with our neighbors as opposed to fearing our neighbors and considering them our enemies”. These words may seem to be an over simplification in an effort to apply them to the complexities of the world in which we live, but if we are unable to find friendship with our neighbors be it next door or half way around the world then chances are they will become our enemies.
The future of our existence and the very foundation of the democracy we have existed on for the past 238 years is being crippled by leaders who are no longer looking forward to our future and position in the world but instead are obsessed with policies of the past. Never in our history have those in leadership been so obsessed with eliminating progress made by previous administrations.
Change and evolution are obvious and adjustments must be made to policies. Leaders are required to evolve on positions if they are to remain relevant and effective for the constituencies they serve despite the fact that change is an uncomfortable process for most people. However, erasing our history destroys the foundation on which we build our future.
Otherwise the result is finger pointing and name calling, a technique used by schoolyard bullies who have no position on anything other than a desire for power and control. Is this America’s current state of affairs…..?