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At the end of the day, we are in this together

At the end of the day, we are in this together.

We are finally at the end of a very long metaphorical day -- the US election season. There has been little mention of togetherness lately. What little has been said or written promoting cooperation has been shouted down by the loudest voices during the worst presidential race in my lifetime. Rather than hearing how we'll work together, we've heard about everything that separates us. And from the peaks of our divisions rumbled avalanches of insults, innuendos, malignancies and diversions burying any hopeful brightness that might possibly speak to coming together.

And yet, at the end of the day, we are -- indeed -- in this together. We may think that we don't want to be. But we have to be. We have no choice.

Ranting -- at a podium, pulpit or online -- is not communicating. Attacking opposing viewpoints is not discourse, and certainly not listening. Insistence is childish and egotistical.

It is time, no matter what the outcome, for civility, for working together. It is time for non-violent cooperation, not dominance. It is time for unity, not division.

Whether you like it or not, we are in this together. We will all need to watch the sun go down on this day, take in a deep breath, exhale and move on in unity.

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