I served in public office for 16 years and then the last three years (total of two decades) in an appointed role with government and peacemaking is an ever needed art by those participating in the process. I've often told people that if my basis for making friends meant we would be in total agreement as a basis for that friendship, I would loose 2/3 of my friends. While I don't necessarily need to change my moral positions, I do know that when I listen to others, I at least see other viewpoints and understand the differences. I'm definitely not perfect, there are plenty of news stories or public records to remind me, but some of the most far reaching accomplishments of my service came in circumstances where two sides came together and found a place where we both could be satisfied with the outcome. It's a never ending process, whether it's within our family, community or even in our places of worship. However Jesus Christ admonished us to find peace and do things in a loving way. While generally the optimist, I'm hopeful that some of the harsh dialogue of recent months might find a place of unity where at least respect can reside.
|Joseph Smith, picture courtesy of LDS Church|
The Savior did bring peace to this earth, and so can we.