In lieu of my recent posts about the ugliness of social media, I thought I’d share something contrary to that topic. It has to do with something I observed at Starbuck’s.
I don’t drink coffee. Never acquired a taste for the bitter caffeinated beverage, so you might wonder why the heck I was there.
Well, I wanted to get out of the house for a bit and brought my laptop to do some writing/editing work at the infamous coffeehouse. I ordered breakfast … oatmeal, and a hot tea, then settled in at a table, opened my laptop and got to work.
Like me, patrons usually have their faces lit up by a screen or dropped downward buried in a cell phone. Every once in a while, I take a break from my own computer and scan my surroundings.
Do you know what I noticed when I did this recently?
This country (and the world) is not so divided as we’re led to believe. Aren’t there just two groups of people in the west that hate each other? The far right and the far left? I didn’t see two groups unwelcoming and disdainful toward each other at Starbuck’s. I saw individuals going about living their daily lives.
Behind me, I heard two women with accents visiting with one another. One was British and the other sounded Asian.
In front of me, I saw a table with Hispanics that appeared to be three generations. A grandma, her grown daughter, and an adorable three-year-old boy who looked like a little man with his handsomely swept back hair.
Beside me, a guy with a ZZ Top (or Duck Dynasty) beard, talked to a handsome athletic looking man.
Behind the Starbuck’s counter, a mix of different ethnicities worked diligently and efficiently to serve their many customers.
On the high-top table in the center of the store, a white elderly couple sat with their lattes munching on scones. Near them was a young African-American couple.
Scattered at different tables, there were college students with laptops wearing earbuds.
Of course, there was me, a middle-aged white (short) woman with her laptop open but ignoring it to be nosy.
We truly are diverse and live in harmony with one another. These so-called “far left or right” groups are overblown by the media, given way too much attention, and yet they barely exist, if at all.
I hope the point I’m making is understood. The individuals I observed at Starbucks are the real people of the world, working, going to school, visiting with one another over lattes. We are good at heart. We are humans . . . being . . .
I wish for everyone to see individual humans and the true harmony we live in every day. I pray for this realization.