Letter to the editor: Let’s create a community where we come together in harmony

Sarah Christy

I am a home-school mom of three. One of the most critical lessons is teaching basic morality — things I grew up learning almost automatically, things that are not commonly demonstrated in today’s culture.

Some of which are:

  • Bullying and shaming are never OK
  • Be kind to one another; you never know what someone else is battling
  • A nation divided cannot stand, as is clearly documented in history
  • The voice of love resounds far further than hate or violence
  • Standing up for your rights is important; do so respectfully and intelligently
  • Name-calling and rising up in anger at someone else is foolish, toxic and unhelpful
  • If we think we have the right to make someone else’s decisions for them, we are wrong
  • Be friendly to those who are different than us; they could teach us something
  • If there are two sides to a story, don’t be content just hearing and believing one
  • Question, debate, use critical thinking and always ask why, while maintaining your honor and respect
  • Be the one who stands up for injustice, even if it’s inconvenient
  • Always listen to your conscience and choose what’s right over what’s popular
  • Use your talents to build up those around you
  • Serve the less fortunate; taking advantage of people demonstrates an evil heart

I would love to see us create community where we come together and live life alongside one another in harmony — neighbors helping neighbors despite differences, getting rid of animosity. It isn’t easy. It takes work. But with a little intentionality, we can make a better life instead of tearing it from its limbs. As role models and decision-makers, we need to step back and ask ourselves, “What kind of future are we creating for our children? Is it truly the kind of future we want for them?”

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