For friendship and love to be anything 
close to unconditional, it simply can’t be predicated 
on a shared view of politics or religion,
or movies, music, fashion, comedians
or sports teams
for that matter. 

All you Democrats who hate the guts 
of the Republicans you see on TV,
that isn’t love. 

Love is love. 

All you Republicans 
who hate the guts of your Democratic co-workers,
that isn’t love.

Love is love.

All of you who hate:

those seeking systemic change,
or those striving to maintain the status quo,

those who choose to wear a mask,
or those choosing to go mask-less,

those supporting law enforcement,
or those campaigning to defund the police,

those who believe global warming is real,
or those who believe it’s a hoax

those who believe conspiracy theories,
or those who don’t

That isn’t love.

All of you who hate
your own guts for not doing enough 
to solve the problems of the world. 

That isn’t love.

Love is love.

We don’t have to settle
for agreeing to disagree, avoiding 
each other or going to war. 
Let us challenge ourselves 
to love at least a little more. Sure, when we vote, 

either in person or by mail, we are each going 
to fill in different ovals. Sure we have different
opinions on today’s hot button issues. 
While casting ballots and forming opinions
is important, let us remember 
we make other choices too.

Do we choose to love or hate
our fellow human beings? Do we choose
to love or hate the world 
around us? 

Do we choose to love or hate
our circumstances? 

Do we choose to love 
or hate 


JASON FREEMAN is a Professional Speaker and the proud owner of a Speech Impediment.  He is also the author of “Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best” and a Perseverance Coach.

He excites and encourages his audience to break through the barriers of their own limitations using a method he created, called “doing your Imperfect Best ™”.

His Imperfect TEDx Talk can be viewed here.