It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, you’re impartial to politics in general, or you’re somewhere else on the line; there is a divisiveness in this country that is almost palpable.
We see it a lot in the trucking industry, but we also see it all over TV, social media, and newspapers (for the few of us that still read newspapers). There is a racial divide, a political divide, a religious divide, and a gender divide. At what point do we, collectively as a society, decide that we’ve had enough?
When do we embrace our neighbors and say “I accept you for who you are”? When do we stop letting the media control who we interact with? When do we stop posting and re-tweeting with knee-jerk reactions and stop to think “What am I missing? Is there a basis to what the other side is saying?” It’s real easy to say “I’m right, you’re wrong, get over it!”, but it’s not always so easy to examine the entire picture and look at things constructively and analytically.
We are allowed to have gut reactions. We are allowed to get upset over some topics. But the best thing about this country is that so is the person you’re opposing. Instead of tweeting out angry rhetoric and explaining why your way is the only right way, why don’t we have discussions? Why don’t we stop fueling the fires of anger and discord and work together as a community. A trucking community. The community where you lay your head at night. The community that teaches your children. City halls and football fields.
Now we know we’re just a trucking and freight brokering company. And we know only a couple hundred people are going to read this. But what if one of those couple hundred of people decides to take our advice? What if more people started leading by example? How great would that be?