What a better world and Tri-Cities there would be if love replaced hate and disrespect.
It is quite apparent that there doesn’t seem to be much love out there these days.
We see shootings and bullying in our schools. We see Republicans and Democrats lashing out at each other. We see “road rage” on our area streets and highways. We see people outraged with each other over where the Holiday Roads Light Show should go instead of trying to work together for a common solution.
And the list goes on.
We heard about "trickle-down economics” from Washington years ago, and more recently many of our leaders in the nation’s capital are trickling down hate and disrespect.
This can be harmful to your health as anger raises your blood pressure. It also affects how you treat others, including family members and co-workers you come in contact with later in the day.
It wasn’t always this way.
Much has been said about Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill during the 1980s. The two political opposites could put aside their party differences at the end of the day and enjoy a drink together.
MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews’ book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” which came out last month, goes a long way to explain Reagan and O’Neill’s friendship.
In Matthews’ book, former Reagan aide Max Friedersdorf recounts a scene from George Washington University Hospital following the assassination attempt on Reagan. O’Neill was one of the first people Reagan let visit him.
Friedersdorf said that when O’Neill entered Reagan’s hospital room, “He nodded my way and walked over to the bed and grasped both the president’s hands, and said, ‘God bless you, Mr. President.’ The president still seemed groggy … with lots of tubes and needles running in and out of his body. But when he saw Tip, he lit up and gave the speaker a big smile, and said, ‘Thanks for coming, Tip.’"
Then, still holding one of the president’s hands, the speaker got down on his knees and said he would like to offer a prayer for the president, choosing the 23rd Psalm.
That kind of relationship sends a huge message to all of us.
Years ago, you could have a friendship with someone and respect them even though the two of you didn’t totally agree on everything.
Today, it seems in so many cases, if you don’t agree, you lose respect for each other and actually become angry with one another.
We can learn about this relationship from the Bible. Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment in the Law? He replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 37-39)
What great advice.
When the car ahead of you doesn’t go the second the light turns green, don’t lay on your horn. Really, are 1-2 seconds going to matter?
If you and a friend disagree, don’t become upset. Respect one another’s opinion.
There are bumper stickers around that read: “Love wins!” This probably refers to war vs. peace, but it could also refer to how we treat each other.
Love does win! Try it. Chances are, you’ll like it.
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