How to get along. I know this is off topic from the usual, but it is a message from the heart.
It is almost impossible to turn on the news without hearing about some new conflict going on in the world. What makes the news all the more depressing is that the reasons for the war have long since been forgotten. It all ends up looking as though these people are fighting just because they don’t like the look of the other. Because they have some mild difference of opinion that could easily have been settled by just by taking the time to talk things out. We are all prone to making snap judgments, but when it leads to hatred and war, it’s really time to start thinking about how we live.
Far too many people have it in their heads that they cannot live in the same area as people who are somehow different than they are. Straight people claim that they would be uncomfortable in a mostly gay community, while whites and blacks feel that living in an area largely dominated by the other would be a bad idea. What most folks fail to realize is that we are all basically the same. We tend to want the same things out of life, such as a good family and enough money to be comfortable, yet we all tend to zero in on the small differences.
The reality is that we can all easily get along and share the same space if we just take the time to make the effort. Let’s use an example in the animal world to see how that could happen. What do you think would happen if you put a bear, a lion, and a tiger in the same pen to cohabitate? I would imagine that a good many of you would think that there would very quickly be violence and bloodshed. After all, that’s usually what happens when we human animals with differences are dropped into the same space.
What actually happened is nothing short of amazing. The trio of animals, who have been nicknamed BLT, were rescued as cubs and taken to the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Ga. They were initially placed in the same pen, where they quickly started to bond and become like a family. It is now closer to 14 years since all three were rescued, and they have remained together in all that time. The three are great friends, and those who run the animal rescue facility would now never dream of keeping them apart.
This story should serve as a lesson to all of us. The reality is that hate is something that is learned. When we are kids, we don’t hate anyone or look at them as being different. It is society that teaches us that when we grow. These animals never learned to be enemies, which they might very well have been in the wild. They grew up knowing nothing but love and acceptance, which is something that the human race needs to look at of we have any hope of having a future that is peaceful.