We must stop this.
A favorite blogger Paul Kowaleswki at the Desert Retreat House writes,
But we cannot re-join one another when one person refuses to listen.
I almost can’t bear looking at Facebook posts or Twitter feeds nowadays because the vitriol is so strong and the attacks against one another are so strident.
Buddhists teach that a primary cause of our human suffering is the false illusion that we are separated from one another. I embrace this wisdom as a basic truth about our human condition. Regardless of how many walls we may build or how tall we may build them, our borders are always artificial because as human beings we “are” a web of dynamic interdependent relationship.
Priest and author, Richard Rohr, puts it this way:
The problem is that we think we are separated from one another
Exactly—this is exactly what the problem is.
How do we bridge the divide? First, we stop namecalling, and of course threats of violence and online attacks have no place. Those who engage in that level of behavior must be ostracized by all.
Next, we frame our discussion in each other's values. BP had me watch this effective TED Talk, "How to have better political conversations" and I commend it to you highly. Conservatives don't share my values. How do I express my values in their framework so they "get" what I mean?
How do we reunite our fracture polis?