All Voices Matter: breaking out of our personal spaces

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All Voices Matter: breaking out of our personal spaces

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

Prachurjya Shreya

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

Prachurjya Shreya

Prachurjya Shreya

In her weekly column, All Voices Matter, staff reporter Aviance Pritchett gives her take on social and cultural issues.

Aviance Pritchett, Staff Reporter

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It’s natural for human beings to want to be in spaces that we find comfort and safety in. Call it what you will, safe spaces, clubs, friend groups, whatever; in the end, we just like to have a sense of belonging somewhere. And that’s not a bad thing, but in light of the current political climate, there’s no doubt that we’re starting to cling to these spaces, our personal little bubbles, more than we ever did before.

We’re encouraged to break out of these bubbles, especially by politicians themselves, so we can share and accept different opinions. This doesn’t mean you have to agree with these opinions, but it’s important to hear the other side’s point of view, and even if it doesn’t change your views, it can hopefully broaden your perspective on things. To this, I wholeheartedly agree. Even though I have left-wing views, I try to listen to all political views and sometimes I can come to a compromise with other viewpoints.

It’s virtually impossible for everyone on this planet to get along and agree on everything; we have political parties to represent the views of groups of people, and they’re always going to be somewhat divided. We should at least try to come to equal ground on things, and we have to attempt to fully understand the other view before we get upset and go on a rant based off of only half of their argument. But also, we have to know the difference between opinions, beliefs, and prejudices, and today, people still struggle to differentiate these things, which only furthers the divide that’s present within our society today.

It’s seems easy as a concept but difficult in execution.

Maybe one day we can at least get at least a third of a way to an understanding, where one opinions stays on one side and the other opinion stays on the second side, and they live in their own spaces blissfully, with at least a little interaction.

It’s not exactly the best way to reach common ground, but it’s better than what we have now; where we cancel anyone who makes an easily fixable mistake, we see everything as strictly black and white, we jump to conclusions almost immediately and don’t give other people the chance to fully explain what they mean.

It sounds easy to fix and learn from, and it should be easy to do so. But because of the culture that we’ve built, along with the wild disaster that is American politics, which has only gotten worse since 2016, we make it seem impossible for it to happen.

We’ve got to break out of these bubbles.

It doesn’t matter how you begin to do that, either; you can begin by stepping one millimeter beyond your safety bubble line or just bust out of it at the speed of light. We will not only become more open-minded, but maybe more loving and caring for those around us. Maybe, we might become better people, and serve as an influence to older and future generations.