Weird Clash of the Titans

The tension in the world is palpable. Most are feeling its pulsating effects. In recent months, I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "I can't watch the news anymore. I'm so tired of all the fighting."  

Conflicts abound between races and even between sectors. The governmental sector is fighting the media sector and vice-versa. I would never have believed that the NFL, whose purpose is to bring happiness to fans, would be in turmoil with some governmental leaders. The fight has spilled over to fans. A few NFL owners are at odds with players. On another front, I bet Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg never dreamed that he would be in the middle of Russian meddling in U.S elections. Facebook leaders admit that they failed to anticipate all the ways in which people could abuse their platform. These and other tensions have burst like a dam and flooded sectors of society that should be working interdependently.

Many folks have picked sides and taken up swords on social media by hunkering down in social and political foxholes. Have you ever taken the time to read the comments section of an article on Yahoo? We are witnessing some sort of weird "Clash of the Titans". I fear we are in the beginning stages of Civil War 2.0.

There is nothing new under the sun. Abraham Lincoln grappled with a divided nation in a controversial 1858 speech. Upon accepting the Illinois Republican Party's nomination as that state's United States senator, he delivered a speech called, "A House Divided" based on the verse in the Bible, 

If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

Bad Tensions Make Way for Good Intentions:

Enough is enough.  Let's learn from the past and do better. Who can mend bridges and bring reconciliation through dialogue? These clashes are creating the need for fresh ideas from peacemaker-leaders. We have an opportunity to move from challenging the status quo to solving seemingly insurmountable problems...together. Take the time to add a bit of diplomacy to your brand. 

Here are a few links that inspire me. Maybe they will encourage you, too:

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
— George Santayana