Unanimous...it's such an amazing word. To have something be unanimous it means that everyone has agreed to agree to the same thing. It's something that we want to hear when our government makes a decision. Or is it?
If there was no debate, where would there be discourse? If there was no difference of opinions, where would be the chance for growth? Differing thoughts are what make us who we are. It's as much a part of us as breathing. So why would we want a unanimous decision anywhere?
There are times when something like that would be useful. I know we all want to see Congress do things unanimously that would benefit our nation such as more money for food stamps, Medicaid, and education and stricter regulations and penalties for big banks and the rich. What do the debates between them show?
They show us where people's priorities are. They show us who wants to give back to the nation and who wants to keep everything for themselves. They can give us an idea who is supporting their paychecks from lobbyists rather than actually representing the people of their home state. Above all, it can show us the differences of opinions among everyone else and not just those in power.
No one thinks the exact same way as another person. Thoughts may be similar, but the way they got to that point is very different. We don't always agree with each other, and we've taken that to mean that we must be right and the next person wrong and we have to do anything we can to force them to see things our way.
It doesn't work, and all it does is cause friction and unhappiness. It can destroy friendships. It can ruin marriages. It can cost you your job. Being willing to listen to and accept other people's thoughts, even if you don't agree with them, is the best way to deal with things. We're all human though, and we won't always manage this. I know I don't.
If ever there was a unanimous decision in Congress, I think I'd be scared. I'd wonder who paid off who. I'd also like to know what the result of such a decision would mean for the rest of the country. I don't trust that those men and women would ever totally agree on anything without some kind of outside pressure.
What about you? Is there any time in your life that something has been unanimous? Did it work out the way you planned?