We are walking on eggshells — all of us — and why wouldn't we? That's what people DO when the truth turns grey. We weigh our options and wonder what to believe and who to trust, but what if no one is right? What if all of us are wrong?
It is hard to remain silent when you see a train in the distance, heading straight towards a car sitting on the tracks. You want to wave your hands high in the air and scream, "STOP THE TRAIN WRECK!" But you can't stop a train from rolling full speed — windows closed, doors locked, conductor scrolling Facebook — when no one is listening. So instead, you stand by and watch the black plume of hot ash rip through the streets from a safe distance until the dust clears. And then you run, as fast as you can with your heart fastened to a delicate line, and fish around to see if there are any survivors. The thing is, you can't save everyone.
Humans are hard-wired to solve problems and fix things. They want their voices heard and their votes to count, and while their good intentions may be worth noting, those listening aren't interested in who to blame. Logically speaking, no one person (or side) has all the answers; that's why fortune 500 companies spend so much money on team collaboration. By promoting one-sided logic, we eliminate the necessary thought process to goes into creating a united front, and we close ourselves off to endless possibilities. With so much information at our fingertips, why would anyone deliberately choose to travel down this road?
Remember when you were a kid, and your parents would scold you — often in front of others — for doing something ridiculous, and even though you knew they were right, you would put your hands over your ears and hum, super loud, to drown out their voices? Well, YOU'RE NOT A KID ANYMORE! One of the toughest things for a grown-up to do is admit when they are wrong. Most of us will fight tooth and nail, often canceling each other out, to prove a point or avoid an uncomfortable moment. Spoiler: being right won't fix your tire when the rubber meets the road.
We are evolving, but some of the changes are counterproductive. People are 'cutting ties' with friends and family, and boasting about it on social media as if it deserves an award. Friends, resentment is nothing to celebrate. Vengeance is nothing to admire. What inspires people is unity and love. It's the kind of thing that makes us proud to be American, and it is vanishing right before our eyes.
Every morning, we wake up with a gold coin in our hand and choose heads or tails. The irony is that it doesn't matter which side faces up when it lands because the choice is inherently yours. When faced with a problem, you decide when to stop arguing over who's right or wrong and find a solution that works for everyone. Better hurry though, you wouldn't want to be sitting on those tracks when the next train comes through, or you're liable to crack a windshield.