The world is a mess right now with all kinds of big challenges. When we come together as a nation, apply what we have learned from science to these challenges, and acknowledge that all species are in this together, we have a fighting chance. If we remain polarized, intentionally ignoring facts and science, and arguing by lazily “labeling” different identity groups, instead of discussing the problem at hand, then we will fail, in a big way, and very soon.
Perhaps common identity traits we share around the beauty of North America will pull us closer together. That stream your Dad took you fishing on as a kid, or those mountains you backpacked in, or the fall hunts you did with your family. These are things many people identify with and value. Perhaps the polarized identity groups can realize they share similar interests that are too valuable to lose?
Right now “it is ours to lose”. We need to work together and be honest with facts, science, and each other. Don’t get me wrong, there are bad apples and they need to be dealt with. I am reminded of watching a grizzly bear new to river with many established bears. This bear was not as skilled at fishing as the local bears were. The new bear adopted a strategy of waiting for another bear to catch a salmon, then he would fight the bear, steal the salmon, and run off. We all know how this story will end. That bear eventually got his butt kicked. Nature, eventually, sorts things out in one way or another.
The community of bears knew how to fish together on a small stream, they had a pecking order, and every bear had to work hard to catch fish. They worked together to deal with the “bad bear”. That was not a surprise though. Nature works that way. What goes around comes around, eventually. I am most thankful for that. The law of Karma.