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rightwingconservativeThis excerpt comes from an open letter to a man who proclaimed he can’t stand his dad anymore because of his right-wing, conservative beliefs.

I really liked what this response had to say:

“The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist — the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently. The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love. We must not let this happen.”

Read the rest of the letter here.

It’s easy to fall into the mind-set of thinking “we” are right, and “they” are wrong. But as this response points out, it’s that sort of thinking which leads to destruction — rather than the actual opinions “we” hold or “they” hold. The problem is when we make the division between “us” and “them.” That divide can tear people, families, relationships, and societies apart.

And I think it already has.