David Louder

The most painful thing to watch and experience, especially over the past year, is how good people who share experiences of suffering of many forms are being divided from one another by fear, lack of mutual understanding, and a competitive spirit. At the core of human identity, however, I do believe there is a common Compassion that recognizes mutual suffering and need that is often left untapped and passed over in favor of isolating and distinguishing one suffering from another. Van Jones is making attempts, at least, to link those common experiences of suffering, though the link remains elusive. I think allowing people of whatever sort to share their stories face-to-face will allow some of those links to become apparent and hopefully effective to bridge unnecessary and unfortunate divides as people find bonds in common human experiences as they exercise a common compassion toward one another.  Coming from the mining towns of Western Pennsylvania, educated in the Ivy League, serving factory workers to federal judges, illiterate to highly literate people, people of various gender identities and sexual orientations, and gathering and sharing intimately with friends of many faiths and ideological backgrounds, I've seen much that people have in common that both divides and unites us. Unfortunately, those things that unite us are very often neglected, hidden, and overridden by the things that divide us.

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Episcopal campus pastor at Western Michigan University. Advisor of Coexist, the Interfaith/Inter-worldview group on campus dedicated to bringing people together in reconciling relationships rooted in Compassion. Compassion > Reconciliation > Peace.
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