Can’t we all just get along?

NBC has an article I found today about a man named Greg Pike, of Santa Barbra, who trained his cat, dog, and rat, to all get along.  He did it to prove that nothing is impossible in life.  He says that if animals can be taught to get along, so can people.

Amen Greg. 

We’re often so caught up in proving ourselves right, or exerting dominance, or clinging to past prejudice, that we simply fail to get along, dooming ourselves to far more misery and hatred than is necessary in life.  Such long-standing hatred and intolerance erodes is corrosive to our happiness and erodes our ability to enjoy the present… to enjoy life.

But if we let go of our differences, or just accept them for what they are, or if we can learn to appreciate the strengths in each other, or at the minimum the blessed nature of variety, then peace can take a greater portion of our life, and the world will be a better place.

Rusty

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11 replies
  1. Fr. J.
    Fr. J. says:

    I believe in a moral law, moral imperatives and taboos. Some things are worth fighting for. Getting along just to get along is a disvalue.

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  2. paperdreamer
    paperdreamer says:

    Fr J — “Getting along just to get along is a disvalue.”

    I’d agree with that to a point. It’s not right to ignore something bad; that’s pacifism.

    I think it’s very important to fight for peace in ourselves enough to have peace with others, though. You pick your battles.

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  3. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I agree. Pick your battles. People have different cultures, habits, customs, beliefs, and appearances. Those aren’t important enough to argue over unless they’re harmful to others. Most of the time they aren’t. We need to get rid of our prejudices. Let’s just get along and work together!

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  4. trzupek
    trzupek says:

    My question is this:

    Let’s say that I am dealing with a religious-based viewpoint that I find offensive, based on my world view, like – for instance – a group of people who say that their faith demands that women should be completely subservient to “their man”. Does “getting along” mean that: 1) I should ignore my values and say “hey, I think women should have equal rights, but if that’s what these guys believe, the gals will just have to suck it up”, or 2) they should tell me to go pound sand, because their culture involves different values and, quite frankly, they could care less what matter to me.

    Just wondering. Sometimes my friend, there’s not a lot of “in between ground” upon which we can indeed get along.

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  5. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    Good comments. Whenever I post something like this, something that says “be more forgiving”, or “be more tolerant” it means just that… “more”. Very few things in life are absolute. Should we be tolerant of the atrocities performed upon some people by others, simply because we want to try to “get along”? Certainly not.

    And I’m positive we could think up a million instances where the advice to “get along” does not apply. But for each of those times, I bet there’s 10 or more where it does. Far more common in our lives are instances where we should be more forgiving, and more tolerant, and more understanding.

    That’s what I’m talking about.

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  6. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    Although I should say that as individuals, we’re far more likely to excuse our prejudices, to dismiss them, or justify them than we should be. That’s why we harbor them so protectively, after all. I guess my real hope is that people will actually think more about their behavior, and ask themselves if the turmoil they inflict upon themselves and others is really as well founded as they’d like to think. Or if it isn’t perhaps, at least a little bit over inflated.

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  7. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Racism is one aspect of prejudice that screams out at me. We have 3 races in our immediate family as a result of adoption and the marriage of one of our children. I have seen first hand that racism is alive and well in America! If we could just realize that we are all Heavenly Father’s children, of infinite worth and are all brothers and sisters, then prejudice could disappear. Can’t we all just get along?

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  8. RoyArtelo
    RoyArtelo says:

    Do you think that Obama is going to win because the Republicans have such a bad candidate?
    Why did John McCain make his final argument against Obama… coal?
    That’s his closing argument? William Ayers, Rev. Wright, spreading the wealth, Born Alive, meeting dictators without preconditions, etc. all have to take a back seat so that McCain can go to Colorado and New Mexico to talk about coal? Does this more or less explain why he’s going to get his clock cleaned Tuesday?

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