If you've spent time on Facebook or any other social media platform, you've likely seen them before. Memes. Specifically, political memes. Drill down with me one more time and let's focus on a particular type of political meme - the ones I like to call the "all or nothing" memes.
"All liberals are snowflakes who can't handle criticism."
"All conservatives are racists."
"Democrats are anti-religion."
"Republicans are greedy."
You get the idea, right? The polarization of today's society encapsulated into bumper sticker sound bites.
Just so there's no mistake, I proudly consider myself a liberal/Democrat. I'm sure you've already made a dozen assumptions about me, based on that one sentence. Some may be true, some may not.
My point is: people are complex. Their choices, their votes, their lives, and their values cannot be reduced to any one thing.
So, when I see these memes floating around the internet (shared by people who support both parties), it just makes me sad. Confront someone who has posted such a meme and you'll likely get one of two responses:
1) "Well, I didn't mean YOU. Obviously, I know you're not like that." Right. Just everyone else.
2) "Well, I don't see YOU speaking out against [xyz topic], so..." As if it's my sole responsibility to refute everything on the internet.
Now, don't think I'm taking on some holier-than-thou attitude. I've laughed at my fair share of said memes as well in the past. But the more I think about it, the more we all continue to co-exist from opposite sides of the field in this political climate, the more I think we need reminders that at the end of the day, we're all in this together.
So, before you tar everyone with the same brush, just remember this:
We may never agree on politics, but we can always agree on donuts.