My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
~ Desmond Tutu ~
So easily I assume that people agree with me: politically, spiritually, emotionally--other ways, too. I must admit, I like the illusion. I like the feeling of belonging to a group of people who share my perspective.
Then I find out we are not of the same political party--or we have different and sometimes opposing spiritual perspectives--or our emotional skill, understanding, and approach differ. I am shocked. (I am a little embarrassed to admit that.)
At that point, I remind myself: This is the same person I loved unconditionally a few minutes ago. (Or was it unconditional?) The only thing that has changed is my new found knowledge of their viewing point. Hmm. I still love them. And we disagree.
While I respectfully disagree, I hope that they, too, continue to love me. Unconditionally. We can still belong to the same group...to each other.
Love is bigger than ideas and ideals.