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By Avery Hoyt
White Salmon 

Floating together


I believe in abortion rights, gun control and climate change. I know and deeply care about people that disagree with me on these topics including members of my family and friends. Time ticks away and the world keeps on spinning. People are born and people die and we are all still on this planet together floating alone in space. The Universe doesn’t seem to mind or really even acknowledge our existence here. The stars, moon and sun are still the same distance away at least visually as they were yesterday.

It’s easy for me to take this fragile existence for granted with the economic needs of paying off my truck, living expenses and saving for my future. I don’t mean to simplify our country’s divisions either. There are tangible and dramatic differences. However, with these differences I believe that we all still share more in common with the people around us.

After this election, I am going to make a concerted effort to have an open mind and treat others who may think or look differently from me, with the same respect that I want to be treated. It’s more important than ever to stand up for what we believe in, regardless of whom we voted for. This is a powerful time for change, I think many people can see and feel that. I am grateful to be alive at this time as an American, with each of you, and look forward to the coming days with courage, backed by the understanding that we are all on this planet together, floating alone in space.


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