IS THE WHOLE WORLD FULL OF CILANTRO?
This week, massive health care reform legislation was passed in our country. Maybe you’ve heard about it. Apparently, it is a big deal.
Before you stop reading, this post is not about politics, at least not directly. I try very hard to keep my politics to myself and to avoid the cilantro of ramming my world view down the throats of others. Even if I put cherries on top, the taste of cilantro likely bleeds through for others who may dislike it as much as I do.
A few weeks ago, I read a column by Senator Evan Bayh in the New York Times that really spoke to me. The article addresses why he is retiring from the Senate, and it is a must read. Regardless of politics, it is insightful, heartfelt and poignant, a real ode to the way our government used to run and a wistful yearning for the collegiality that can be gained from knowing and caring about others in one’s sphere.
What he describes as governing in our country mirrors my social media news feeds, as one side and then the other sling cilantro laced barbs back and forth. Is it ever okay to call someone an idiot just because he or she doesn’t see the world the same way? How did we get to the point where it is okay to engage in cilantro speech with others just because they disagree with us? Isn’t the right to form our own world views freely and without prejudice one of the tenants of being American?
Sometimes, I feel like the whole world is full of cilantro, and it makes me profoundly sad.