Division vs. Integrity

Nov 8, 2016 | Executive Coaching Blogs, Team Training, Workplace Communication

This election season has been truly heartbreaking to witness. Today I saw a Facebook post where a man was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Journalist. Tree. Rope. Some assembly required.”

When did it become normal to advocate for lynchings? Vomit.

My Facebook feed is also full of, “Thank goodness it’s over tomorrow.”

Don’t we still all have to live with each other tomorrow?

I’m at a loss for words when it comes to how easily we vilify and demonize each other. Trump supporters are idiots. Hillary supporters want a liar to win.

I write this before we know the results of this 2016 Presidential election. But here’s what I do know today:

We’re all the same kind of human underneath any label we put on each other: liar, felon, idiot, nasty woman, b*tch, n*gger, corrupt politician, white trash, liberal elite, Christian Conservative. We, of course, have a variety of life experiences that flavor how we show up in this world and the resources we have access to.

As David Brooks said in his recent column for the NY Times: Politics is an activity in which you recognize the simultaneous existence of different groups, existence and opinions. Modern-day “politics” has obviously become something much different.

It’s okay — awesome even — if we don’t all agree. We solve problems better in our workplaces, families, and government when we create solutions based on our different  perspectives.

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you’re not one to wear a t-shirt that asks that we kill journalists. But I do ask that you consider ways you’re demonizing, de-humanizing, and dismissing others’ opinions or insisting that your truth is the only truth. That’s the other side of the same coin, my friend.

The root word for integrity means whole. I pray that we may all be whole together.

Trust me, I’ve got work to do here too.