them and us - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
"Them and us" is perhaps the most insulting of all phrases in a modern democracy. We can comprehend a need to talk of disadvantages of particular groups historically and make a case for acknowledging specific needs. We can also see that the best way to level-up society is to tackle poverty, hunger, education, housing inequity, healthcare access and creative arts freedoms. Yet before we have a chance to put such ideas into action, to reform institutions with more love and comprehension of best practice, we find there is a target on our back... we have become a "them." It's a strange feeling to have to respond to, yet response is always better than a reaction. We can respond with love, thought and understanding, yet some will notice the "them" target and react with vitriol instead. So will we listen to those who are ready to respond with love or keep spinning into disaster as the paranoid reactionaries take over stage and mic? I still believe humanity can become an "us," that we can win together.
When we can win the battle of me vs. me, the battle of the two wolves, we can do a better job with concepts of "them and us." We can start to build a world that is truly inclusive and fair.