New Yorkers need to start having conversations with people who are different than them in order to bring America together again after the divisive election of Donald Trump, according to a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
“We sometimes don’t talk to each other but if we do we might find we have something in common,” says Apollon Favio, a member of the society, based in Brooklyn.
The New York Society for Ethical Culture is a humanist /religious community dedicated to ethics, social justice, and education, founded in 1876.
“We are so distracted from real things, but the more conversations we have, the more we’ll understand with each other”- Apollon Favio, New York Society for Ethical Culture.
The Society is planning to offer a platform where people with different views and backgrounds can come together, and discuss how to heal wounds following Trump’s victory.
“The place of the Ethical Society will be to provide a place where people can come to make the world a better place…and to figure out how everyone should live together,” Favio says.
This is particularly important in the wake of an election which has revealed deep divisions between white, working class America, minorities groups, and even within Republican and Democrat parties.
“Personally, I don’t see it as a Republican/Democrat thing. America needs to go beyond being a political party,” Favio says.
While the divisions may take a long time to fix, conversation is the solution to moving forward.
Favio says his community in Brooklyn is split between Jewish and Caribbean residents, but playing soccer has helped to build relationships between the two communities.
“We are so distracted from real things, but the more conversations we have, the more we’ll understand with each other. If we surround each other with people like ourselves, then we will be uneducated about other things,” he adds.
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