Unity over all

Noah Ryan, Opinion Writer

I was driving on Interstate 41 about a week ago, when I passed by a farm that had an American flag flying in their backyard.
The only peculiar thing about it was that the flag was hoisted upside down. I have been thinking about it ever since.
Many US citizens are angry, just like others all around the world. And as we all know, anger carries a ton of potential energy.
If only we could pivot this angry energy into a more useful area where it could actually benefit many people.
The world is going to keep spinning, even when we are gone. We must begin to look out for one another and actively listen to our neighbors and interact positively within our community.
We must create space for one another to converse and listen and not judge or shut others down if they are wrong or differ in world views. Our communities are what support us.
No matter the size of your city or town, no matter if you voted or who you voted for, no matter what you see when you look in the mirror, we are all skeletons underneath our skin.
We must start helping one another along the shared path of life. We can help one another through reciprocated love and empathy.
I forgive my neighbor for flying their flag upside down.
It is my neighbor’s very right to fly the flag in such a manner. That is how they are interpreting the current status of the US.
I believe it is wrong to fly the flag in such a manner, but at the end of the day, that is how they are feeling, and I am willing to listen and converse about it.