Jeanne Hallquist: Come together
In his Senate speech after learning he had terminal cancer, John McCain urged our country to unite. This may be his legacy. Beyond polarized politics, we must find ways to work together. We are all Americans living on one small planet so in need of healing. In our hearts we want to care for one another despite our differences. We depend on each other for our food, our water, and even the air we breathe. Trigger words like party labels prevent us from listening deeper to find common core values and perhaps even shift our perspective to include wider views. Communicating about their mutual needs helped some neighbors find common ground in weed-wacking their yards to prevent forest fires. If we talk with each other, we may find we are more alike than different. John McCain has asked us to come together. Are we willing to do this?