On Assumptions

“Here is a song from me,
Sent to the tragic West,
Message of sympathy
To the hearts that can never rest.
This is the song I send
Out to the Western land–
Sinner, and martyr, and friend,
Brother! you’ll take my hand.”

—Henry Lawson

What if, people who agree with the unprecedented response being taken are NOT actually spineless cowards that fear death above all things and cry themselves to sleep every night? What if, instead, they have tried to understand the situation as best as they can and believe this is the most prudent approach?

What if, people who disagree with the unprecedented response being taken do NOT actually want everyone to die? What if, instead, they have tried to understand the situation as best as they can and believe this is not the most prudent approach?

What if we all agree on the end: doing what is in the best interest of the common good, and we simply disagree on the means?

Well, I think that would mean half of us aren’t cowardly wretches, and the other half wannabe murderers. I guess it would mean that both sides hold their belief not in SPITE of their charity for their fellow man, but BECAUSE of it. I think it would mean that the reasonable thing to do is believe the best about each other. It would mean the other person is saying what they are, not because they care so little about us, but because they care so much about us.

Maybe if we believe that, when all this is over, we’ll be able to say, “I disagreed with what you said, but thank you for the reason you said it.” Then I will gladly say to each of you, “Brother! take my hand.” I promise to bring the hand sanitizer.