It was Abraham Lincoln who declared that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” As true as these words are, to this day we still find ourselves deeply divided. Racism, class, income, and more have all led to a divided nation. Here, we discuss how our nation is divided, how that division hurts us, and what we can do about it.
Ways We Are Divided
Humans have a natural tendency towards cooperation. And yet, we find ourselves divided on various fronts. Racism is a social construct created to divide people into different races and then apply stereotypes to them. Those wrongful stereotypes are the main reason for discrimination in America. Yet, other seemingly innocuous things also cause division. Income, for instance, separates those with plenty of money and those who live paycheck-to-paycheck. Even how we are educated, and our religious views can shape the way we think, further dividing us on issues such as abortion, immigration, and more.
How Division Harms Us
You don’t have to look far to see how division harms us. Our government is the most polarized it’s been in years, causing gridlock and contention in the halls of Congress. Due to division, nothing gets done, and we simply dig further and further into our trenches. We increasingly refuse to listen to the other side, and by only exposing ourselves to people we agree with, we become more radicalized.
What to Do
Division is harmful to our society, but what can we do about it? Many people feel that they accomplish something by blaming each other and that voting is the only answer. But, we at Renew the Earth suggest a solution. Economics impacts everyone, encouraging excessive competition and creating the assumption that there is “not enough for everyone.” By adding a parallel currency system—Energy Currency—dedicated to our basic needs, food, shelter, education and health care, we can eliminate many of the things that cause division in our society.
To learn more about Energy Currency, contact Renew the Earth today.