Different Strokes for Different Folks


The different and diverse beliefs which are threatening our democracy illustrate the failure to develop solutions that partially satisfy both Democrats and Republicans. This reminded me of the inherent skills of people. Not all of us are rocket scientists or brain surgeons. I have compiled the following “natural laws” to illustrate my point.

Some people…

… love instead of hate.

… either understand algebra or don’t.

… believe in science while others dismiss it.

… want good lives for everyone but others don’t care for anyone except themselves.

… are professional football receivers and others cannot catch a balloon.

… can speak many languages and for some mastering their native language is difficult.

… have artistic skills in art and music while some folks cannot draw stick figures or play chopsticks.

… believe that God has given us the skills to address life’s challenges and some people stand in the middle of a busy street waiting for God to rescue them.

… select clothes that make them more attractive while others wear two different socks.

… can write books and others think books are something to stand on to reach higher.

… can fix almost everything while others buy tools for the women in their life.

… can cook while others eat fast foods.

… like asparagus while others think that it should be extinct.

… are Republicans and some are Democrats.

… are peacemakers while others are always itching for a fight.

… like the beach and others like the mountains.

… like their steaks rare while others like them burned to a crisp.

… are vegetarians while others are carnivores.

… love Cocoa-Cola and some prefer Pepsi-Cola.

… some choices are politically correct while others could care less.

Men and Women Have Been Arguing Since Prehistoric Times
Men and Women Have Been
Arguing Since Prehistoric Times

I could go on, but in the interest of your time and mine, I will end.  

It is good to have different beliefs and choices. The problems exist because some people try, often in vain, to persuade people they are correct, and they should embrace their preferences. Others refuse to respect other peoples’ views, understand why they feel this way, and refuse to meet in the middle and compromise.

This is an issue that plagues America,  increases our differences, and locks people into unescapable positions.  For our civilization to survive, we must listen, respect, and understand each other’s position. This is the first step in seeking common ground to show us that we are not as different as we thought.


About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.
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