Sort of seems like everyone has been fighting lately, doesn’t it? Easy access to social media has allowed everyone and their brother a platform to publically proclaim his opinions, grievances, dismay, and joy. Sometimes all on the same day. I have seen more passionate discussions, both online and face to face, in the past month than I remember seeing in years past. Everyone has something to say, and everyone is saying it. At times it can be overwhelming, stressful, and tiring. But I am still thankful for it.
Because we can have opinions AND state them publically. Because we can disagree with our government and say so. Because we can practice religion publically. Because we do have access to unlimited information and instantaneous discussion with people who think differently than we do.
In some countries, I wouldn’t be allowed to drive, let alone own my own small business. In some countries, I would have to type G-d online for fear of tripping government internet filters. In some countries, I would not have access to internet of any kind.
So while sometimes my heart hurts to see all the arguments that are happening around me, I try to remember to be thankful for the freedoms that allows us to disagree with one another and still be friends. Still be Americans.