Think for yourself. Be yourself.

One of my friends came to visit years ago not long after Dianna and I had first gotten together. After he left she said that she had just realized something… all of my friends were weird. Said she didn’t mean it in a negative way. I told her no need to explain, I understood completely.

My best friends are all individuals who walk their own path and think for themselves. That makes them “weird” in a society where most people find a group to fit into. They go through life like a school of fish, thinking a certain way, wearing certain clothes, feeling secure because they fit and belong in their circle. They have no understanding or connection to those who think differently and no interest in trying to see the point of differing views. Sometimes they jump into another school and change direction, but they always belong to a group.

My friends… are able to stand alone and see the merit of all sides and groups. There is no “us against them” because they also understand the necessity of working together to get along. They don’t create problems and they don’t have a fear of those with different beliefs or a different lifestyle than their own. My closest friends have no tolerance of hatred because they realize that hatred is just fear turned inside out.

My best friends are neither far left or far right, they are just people wanting to get along, live life and allow others to live their life. My closest friends will talk to anyone or help anyone who is trying to help themselves because they see another human being struggling, not because they are part of their group. People talk about “their tribe,” the people who have no tribe, that’s my tribe.

So, think for yourself. Be kind. Don’t add to the division by falling into the rut and false security of only seeing things your way. It’s a mighty thin slice of ham that doesn’t have two sides. – Coov … A place for nature and people to come together.


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