With Gratitude

Today while driving home I passed a truck that was proudly flying the Confederate flag. I felt my jaw stiffen and I turned my head to see what kind of person would be proudly flying a symbol of hate within two weeks of nine people being senselessly murdered in a church a few short hours away in Charleston, South Carolina.

As I drove another mile, I looked over at my girlfriend and said while smiling, “America is the greatest place in the world.”

Although I personally feel strong animosity toward this symbol of hate, we live in an incredible country where you are free to express yourself and be who you are—even at the expense of showing intolerance toward others. It may seem counter-intuitive, but we are lucky to live in a place that allows this dichotomy to exist.