Our country has been called the melting pot, but just where do we all go to stew? Rightly because of the dichotomy of our many walks of life and the different streets we live on boarded by the same neighborhood, our common areas tend to be the place we are best to hear an honest discussion. Consider yourself lucky if your neighborhood mimics a microcosm of society as a whole. Our news media repeats horrific stories and charged headlines nationwide with a blast radius so large that some topics are unavoidable.
Support of peaceful protesters and support of police don’t have to be exclusive to each other. The narrative of the media may attempt to divide us on a few issues. It may hope to bring awareness to key issues. But we as citizens must seek to find solutions. If you hang out in a “cop bar”, you are more likely to understand the pressures their job entails on a day to day basis. If you go to a pub frequented by politicians and businessman, you will also see as they unwind, let loose, and reveal themselves with their guard down. The same goes to bars which cater to many Millenials, you can bridge gaps just by being there during moments of unguarded conversation.
“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”, is one of my favorite quotes by Benjamin Franklin. A heroic figure that met in pubs with other great thinkers, our forefathers, who helped to establish this country- would discuss the conditions going on in the land and would eventually come to solutions for liberation of the people and preservation of our freedoms. Let us never be divided in this neighborhood, this city, or this great nation which we’ve inherited. Let us always feel free to discuss pressing issues, our viewpoints, and propose solutions so that we may all live a life free of tyranny, fear, and unjust accusation.
Brewing at home can polarize us, I found that the closest distance between two people is communication. Our community is also bound even tighter together when we see each other face to face and can talk about things that bother us throughout our day, include each other in our celebrations of merit, or just talk about things at the office. A beer in-betwen stories also isn’t a bad idea.