*cringe* *deep breath*
Have I lost my mind? Am I really writing about politics the day after the State of the Union Address? Well, you're reading it, so I guess I wrote it. And really, as I formulate my thoughts they aren't so much about the State of the Union as they are about the state of the union. We already know that my glass is half full pretty much all of the time and that even my contacts are rose-colored, but in the first 30 seconds of the SOTU Address, it became clear to me where the real problem lies, with all of us, on an individual level.
I logged into my twitter account at the start of President Obama's speech and was inundated with negativity and snark. Seriously people, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is talking. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, don't you think you should listen? Don't you think you should hear what the leader of our country is thinking?
Apparently not. As my twitter feed was full of comments about not watching the SOTU at all, and making snide comments about the president. Now, lest I am accused of having no sense of humor, I'm not talking about jokes/comments made in fun, I'm talking about downright disrespect.
It is this, the lack of interest and the disrespect, that is the largest problem in the country. ON BOTH SIDES. Let me say that again. ON. BOTH. SIDES.
Somewhere along the line we got so wrapped up in our own thoughts that we forgot to listen to what the person speaking is saying. We got so wrapped up in being right that, clearly, someone who thinks differently from us is wrong, before they've even uttered a word.
We all have our 'issue'. The one thing that is most important to us. It can be a good thing. But when it prevents us from listening, really listening, to what someone else thinks it is a horrible tragedy.
This trend of disrespect, lack of listening, and having to be right started to really rear it's ugly head with the scandals of President Clinton, intensified under President G.W. Bush, and (I pray) is peaking under President Obama. No, I pray that it would just go away (yep, there's those rose colored glasses).
Our egos have gotten too big. Our lives too wrapped up in ourselves (at a personal and a national level). We've forgotten what it's like to empathize because we are too busy forming our own argument to truly hear what others are saying. We are talking at each other instead of with each other.
It didn't matter whether President Obama was a democrat or a republican when he started talking tonight. Our response was already determined before he uttered a word. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will.
I know that simply listening to one another will not lead to complete agreement. But I also know that continuing to talk at each other will not lead to any type of agreement. It's time to open our minds and our hearts and truly work together; not just talk about it.
*steps off soap box*
This Can of Worms has been opened. What do you think?