View equality in terms of music diversity

What better way to escape political turmoil than to plop down on the couch and watch our favorite artists dress in designer attire and receive awards for their hard work.

With that in mind, who knew that the Grammy stage could provide some enlightenment to the political turmoil we were trying so hard to avoid?

Two weeks after the Grammy’s aired I am still amazed at the diversity that was shown across the nominations and winners. People of different backgrounds and religions, gathered in one area to celebrate the love of music. This is when I began to question, “Why can’t we just see the world the way we do music?” I know, weird question, but hear me out.

Performances included genres from across the musical spectrum: Metallica, Sturgill Simpson and even Chance the Rapper accompanied by a gospel choir–and even with all the diversity, did you see any riots break out? Were any performers or audience members killed for enjoying their favorite genre of music? Now I’m sure Adele might not be the biggest Metallica fan, and knowing how liberal Hollywood generally is, do you think everyone in that crowd enjoyed Chance the Rapper singing “How Great is our God?” No matter their musical tastes, political or religious views, everyone in the auditorium respected their fellow humans’ right to choose how they wanted to express
themselves.

With that being said, why are we still experiencing hatred between people groups? If a metal fan can respect an indie-pop fan, then why can’t Christians and Muslims show more respect for each other.

I am sick and tired of the fight for equality to have to be continuously fought. Believe it or not, we have a lot more in common with the people deemed unworthy. Not only are we made up of bones and muscle, but we all desire to be able to live a happy life.

Whether that life is fulfilled with a religion or particular political view, it does not by any means give us the right to deny someone with differing opinions.

There are plenty of problems in this world, but I am sure a majority would be solved by simply respecting everyone’s pursuit of happiness.

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