Written by: Michael Kravshik.
No. No, we can’t. In the history of humanity there has never been a time where we all just “got along.” Clearly, it’s not such an easy task, and to be honest I’m tired of people trivializing the matter.
Is it human nature? I believe it is. Although many have hope that it isn’t and that some day we will all just get along. But until that day, or perhaps at least until the day where there is one iota of evidence supporting the possibility, I can’t understand why anyone would be foolish enough to make that overly- cliché statement. As our society has developed, we haven’t learnt to get along any better, we’ve just learnt how to express more of our disagreements in a non-violent manner. Which leads me to wonder, would it even be good if we all just got along? Most definitely not, as competitive environments breed progress. More importantly I would think, if we all just got along wouldn’t we all just be the same? Conformity has never proven effective in society building, and we can thank the millions who suffered through communism for that lesson. To that point, isn’t our individuality what makes us human, uniqueness is an important part of our humanity and uniqueness breeds disagreement.
So if we can’t all just get along then I, for one, am very thankful for that. Striving towards that goal would be a mistake. Further, it’d be a big waste of energy considering the meek chances that its even possible. Instead, we need to focus more of our efforts on learning how to more effectively handle all of our disagreements in non-violent ways. That goal I’m more optimistic about, and in fact the evidence of that possibility is slowly showing its face, though often shrouded by the constant reminder of our failures.
So next time you hear someone say “Can’t we all just get along?” say no, no we can’t, but counter with, “Can’t we all just learn to better handle our disagreements in a non-violent fashion, and wouldn’t that be better?” I admit, its nowhere near as catchy, but at least it has substance, something the title of this post does not. And if we ever realize that extremely challenging goal, no one will ever describe it using the word “just” since we will have all understood the immensity of our accomplishment.
This is my opinion. What’s yours?