What Divides Us?

Posted by on April 9, 2017 in Campus Theme 2017-18, Dialogue Blog, dividesconnects | 25 comments

Palomar Performing Arts is creating a Collaborative Art Engagement Project based on the College Theme, “Better Together.” Our first step is to survey our community for their thoughts on two important questions related to the topic. This post provides the opportunity to answer the question, “What divides us?”

Scroll down below the comments and use the “Add Your Thoughts” box to submit your answer. To answer the other question, “What connects us?” click here. Thank you for participating!

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BHarward
BHarward
3 years ago
Reply to  mmufson

Great point. I’ve seen this move towards extreme views as well. It seems to me people just align with divisions that are already constructed. Sadly we divide and categorize everything, usually inappropriately. Political parties, personality types, sexual preferences, right vs.wrong, believer or nonbeliever, fake or real news, and so on. It seems these divisions then function like sports teams where winning matters too much, the opponent is demonized, etc. If we looked at the underlying realities of spectrum, nuance, and situational differences things would not always be so divided. However it is easier to just divide and defend, we seem… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  mmufson

your right

Thommy Kane
Thommy Kane
1 month ago
Reply to  mmufson

The problem is global banking billionaire’s and international corporate oligarchs have paid politicians off to push through neoliberal reforms to allow for the illusion of neutrality and equality while the ultra-rich destroy nations through wealth extraction. And they control all the news and information we hear, and use it as a tool to keep us distracted over issues that don’t ultimately matter to our quality of life, as they push people of lesser means further into poverty.

Last edited 1 month ago by Thommy Kane
Vanessa I.
3 years ago

This is a very intriguing question, there are many things that divide us. We are not all meant to be the same and thats a good thing. Its only bad when someone tries to use our differences as a weapon to hurt others. It is unfortunate but society has had a a big part in causing segregation in people,making categories for society to live by or think by. Like a rubric of life and how everyone should be,to be considered normal.Being exposed to this rubric of sorts could also disorient our thinking to the point of judging others or even… Read more »

kavita arora
kavita arora
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa I.

i think your explanation is much more justified.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa I.

Hi, i agree with Vanessa. Great Post!

Zalla Zazi
3 years ago

In my opinion or thought, I think what divides us is probably our ways of survival, many people have different techniques and ways of survival ideas, some do it the right way, some take the risky and difficult path, and some take the illegal path. But there are also people who get so tired of thinking about surviving and how to survive that they just give up, and end it. What divides us is our thoughts and emotions towards different sorts of things and ways.

Arely J. / Gellman
Arely J. / Gellman
3 years ago

This question has many different definitions. Many things can divide us, in so many aspects. Being different makes us special in anyway that we think. Many might not think that, but we as individuals like different. A lot of people might think that making jokes about someone is okay, but that is what divides us.

Marti Snyder
Marti Snyder
3 years ago

What connect one group of people may actually be what divides that group from another. For example, a shared history, a shared meaningful experience, whether traumatic or triumphant, may separate us from others who do not understand or appreciate the significance of the experience (e.g. fighting a war, oppressed by slavery, surviving a life threatening illness or accident, etc.). As humans, we tend to gravitate toward others with a shared experience and away from those we don’t really understand.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

We’ve given in to a tendency to dehumanize the other, the enemy. We forget that those who are different from us, who have different experiences, beliefs, values, perspectives etc. are also human beings with their own pain and vulnerabilities. Instead we call them names, troll them, and smear them without regard to the pain we cause – because we have dehumanized them. The media and the public square have valorized and legitimized this behavior. I find it to be a product of a hyper-masculine, aggressive mentality that has fueled conflicts throughout the ages. It is magnified by the communications technology… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I agree.

Elisa F.
Elisa F.
3 years ago

What divides us is probably not respecting the cultural differences. This is a multicultural country that should take advantage of that. Moreover, prejudices about ourselves and others may divide us, too. Prejudging prevent us to participate together and act as a team.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

What divide us are apathy and criticism. Too many people just don’t care. They come to work and go through the motions, without the desire to help. Doing the minimum possible. Criticizing. Bad attitudes. Change has to come from within. If one does not want to change, it will not happen, no matter how much training or money is spent for change. On the other hand, we tend to get punished if we try to help someone just a little bit extra. We are told that we help “too much”. If we are student centered, then we ALL need to… Read more »

Sculpture / 3-d design ingram ober
Sculpture / 3-d design ingram ober
3 years ago

FEAR

Anonymou
Anonymou
5 months ago

ANGER

Gladys N./Gellman
Gladys N./Gellman
3 years ago

What divides us? There is many factors of different things that could divide an individual to another individual. Most of the time the language of someone can divide us because there is no connection of communication.Also there is different type of cultures that makes a division because people don respect the culture of other people.Which could be a big division that could cause other sorts of divisions.

Connie M.
Connie M.
3 years ago

Assumption instead of Conversation.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

I agree with the “assumption vs conversation” response, as opening up to one another helps to create empathy. I would like to narrow that a little further to “belief without evidence.” Even taking someone else’s word for something (about a foreign culture, gossip, new government policy, the taste of an enchilada) can be a minefield of opinions, further assumptions, and hearsay. Choosing to believe what you have heard about something you are unfamiliar with, WITHOUT verifying it’s validity, surely creates a divide between us all…a silent divide that can hinder a desire to experience anything out of our comfort zones.… Read more »

Tim Evilsizer
Tim Evilsizer
3 years ago

Our capitalistic society is designed to divide us all socioeconomically. Placing us in classes and ensuring the 1% keep control of our resources. This system also divides races, religious beliefs, gender, and many other factors that keep the majority of people in our society oppressed.

Nina Deerfield
Nina Deerfield
3 years ago

I have been thinking about this for a week and I keep coming back to my Chinese martial arts background. There is an energy called Ting Jing which roughly translates as listening energy. The lack of being able to really listen to others leads to our being divided. I can be very very sure about something and then seeing someone I respect wince when I speak leads me to listen more closely. I can change my mind. If you cannot listen and cannot change your mind we stay divided. And that also leads to a feeling of separateness. Feeling alone… Read more »

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1 year ago

I agree with Vanissa ..

well in short our school of thoughts divides us only 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

Life is hard and difficult to understand, there is a lot of thing that divides us everyone has their own opinions.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Several systems prevailing in our society divide us . Race , caste , gender , discrimination is done on several grounds . But we should all realize at end we all are humans and we are equal despite of all differences .