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Lance Scranton: As a nation, we should do what’s right

Lance Scranton

The news just seems to be getting worse as summer winds down and our nation’s disagreements ramp up. President Obama got it right when he forcefully denounced any type of violence toward police officers in response to the slayings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But what was most convicting was Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux who asked for prayers and said, “To me, this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.”

Wow! It’s easy to focus on how we’ve been hurt, or wronged, or made to feel like we aren’t important or that we don’t deserve a voice. It’s a little more difficult to wait on the tide of justice to wash away the hurts of being treated unfairly and the fear that it might never be made right again. We’re a culture hungry for immediate answers and we demand almost immediate justice.

But if we dig a little deeper, and are honest with ourselves, we should be bringing all of this national tragedy and turmoil home so we can shine a spotlight on first attending to our behavior and our reactions to the things that happen within our own community. Just as we should avoid using the bad behavior of others to excuse our own… we must have the capacity to accept the fact that we can all do better when it comes to telling and accepting the truth.

We can easily get comfortable in our collective corners and come out fighting for what we believe is right. But is it really about what is right, or is it more about being right? I think it’s true that most of us want what’s best for our community but is it possible that we hold on tightly to what we think is best and don’t even hear the opposing voices? We all want the same outcome, but how we get there is where enemies are made and too many people choose personal destruction over community success.

Success isn’t a zero-sum game where the success of one diminishes the success of another — that’s called jealousy. If someone in our community comes up with an idea to make things better, we should consider it on the merits and decide if we should get behind it and help push for success. The light of success shines brightly and casts a wide beam. Let’s figure out how to make our community better and the light will shine brightly for others to see and then we can all celebrate together as we make Craig a better place to live.

Lance Scranton is a teacher at Moffat County High School in Craig.
Lance Scranton is a teacher at Moffat County High School in Craig.

Lance Scranton is a teacher at Moffat County High School in Craig.

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