Opening our minds to a better understanding

We have been subjected to negative ads for months, with presidential candidates trashing their opponents and twisting the truth into what they want it to be.

If you can look past the immature games and look deeper at the true character of the candidates, you will see a distinct difference, and it is dividing the country into what people believe is right or wrong.

Obama followers appear to be more compassionate, empathetic, and want everyone to get along.

Romney followers see those traits as a weakness and are more interested in running the country as a business, rather than focusing on the well-being of the people who live here.

There is nothing wrong with either position; it’s a reflection of who you are and how you see the world.

If you believe that we all need to do our part to help take care of others less fortunate and social programs are important in which to do that, you are probably an Obama fan.

If your focus is more on the finances of the country and finding a way to make the government run more like a business,  you might be a Romney follower.

There is nothing wrong with either position.  However, we need to stop seeing things as all-or-nothing and understand that each candidate does have some good points.

Both candidates want to create more jobs, reduce the debt, and put America back on top. The only difference is how they propose to do that.

The presidential debate will be interesting, to say the least. But I think we should all keep an open mind, listen to what each candidate has to say, and try to understand why they feel as they do.

Being able to open your mind not only eases the negativity that surrounds the differences that are created in life, but it also enables a line of communication that wasn’t there before, which is the first step in solving any problem.