2013-06-21 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Divide And Conquer
By Ilyassha Shivers

I want to thank everyone who came out to support the Men's Health Awareness Festival on Saturday at O' Donahue Park. It was a beautiful day, the community came out to enjoy the weather and take in some of the diversity that makes up the Rockaways. It is impossible to take every variable into account when planning events. I want to personally apologize to anyone or group who might have felt offended or left out. My writing and service is always to bring people together, not to separate or alienate anyone.

One of the oldest tactics used by mankind is to divide and conquer. I was once introduced to a book about the British Empire. There was a time in history when the English ruled the world. It was said that during this period in history, Ireland was one of the most advanced cultures in that hemisphere. It is said that the English used religion to divide the people. In a short time they went from one of the most advanced to one of the most backwards and to this day they are still fighting. To stick to the point, divide and conquer is what the powers use to keep the masses divided.

One of the most widely exploited areas of separation is religion. It has been said that one of the most divided times in the community is Sunday morning, because every church feels that, “they got it right.” If there is only one way and one God why are there so many denominations? As a community we must decide what is important. We must look past our differences and focus on the common goals of every individual. Life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

If we do this, it will leave a lot less time to point fingers at one another. We all have issues but you cannot allow them to distort the bigger picture. At the end of the day we do not have to love one another but we must learn to first love ourselves and treat others how we want to be treated. Then we can begin to raise the bar for ourselves, our children and those who we put into political office.

There is an election this year for City Council and Mayor to name a few. A famous African American said, “the ballot or the bullet.” If we don't choose the right ballot we will have to keep ducking those bullets. Tell me what you think, send your comments and or suggestions to Shiverswave@gmail.com.

More importantly, read The Wave.

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