Just FYI, Hamilton is always relevant… 😉


So, I wrote a blog post about my April reading, and somehow it accidentally got deleted (or I accidentally deleted it..) In it, I mentioned my current love for all things Hamilton.  If you weren’t aware, there’s a Broadway musical called Hamilton about Alexander Hamilton: it’s got hip-hop, rap, and decades worth of history, and it’s taking the world by storm.

That’s not the point of this post though. That’s just some background information.

Anyway, last week I was listening to “Farmer Refuted” from the Hamilton Musical soundtrack, and one stray lyric really stood out to me, and it stuck with me all last week, and has continued to nag me this week..

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive”

(Here’s some more background information.  Hamilton was a revolutionary, and the farmer being refuted was a loyalist.  Hamilton really railed against the farmer. Though Aaron Burr is also revolutionary, he thinks Hamilton has gone to far.  Hamilton responds with the lyric above.)

At first, this statement convicted me a bit.

Generally speaking, I can usually see both sides of the issue.  Even issues that I have a distinct stance on, a lot of times I can at least see the reasons that someone would promote the other stance. Sometimes I can even sympathize/empathize with it (or at least sympathize with the ignorance 😉 ).   When it comes to issues I’m still on the fence about, this can lead me to feel a bit indecisive.  But regardless of whether actual indecisiveness was a factor, it got me to thinking that maybe I should stand stronger on issues (this could be either politcal stances, or standing up for my faith). Isn’t it important to stand up for what you believe in?

But after awhile, I got to thinking even more, and now I’m not so sure about this divisive business.  Aren’t most of the complaints about today’s society about being divisive?  This country is DIVIDED on so many issues. Everyone is absolutely SURE that their way is right, and many refuse to listen to the other side, unable to consider things any other way.  And many tactlessly attack the other side.

They are being divisive.

And it’s not pretty.

Can’t there be some middle ground? Why does it have to be divisive or indecisive? Can’t we just be decisive and then move on with our day? What’s wrong with that?

And yes, I realize that I’m being hyperbolic; there are folks that stand that middle ground. But I wish we saw more of that in our day-to-day lives.

The more I think about it, being divisive very rarely gets you anywhere. Is it sometimes necessary? Sure.  Are there issues that are worth it? Absolutely (faith would be one of them). And I hope that I have the strength and nerve to not back down on those issues.

But what about understanding and empathy?

Are others not more apt to listen to you if you show them some amount of love, peace, and understanding?

Being divisive alienates.  And being decisive can be alienating too–some people just refuse to hear anything other than what they believe.  But I think being strong and not backing down can also be accompanied by tact and understanding.  And I think such actions are more likely to spark questions and considerations from the opposing sides.  But that’s just me.

Sorry A. Ham.  A. Burr may have waited for it too long, but I do think you can push too hard.  Can’t say that I agree with you completely.  (And for that to completely make sense, you’ll just have to go listen to Hamilton 😉 )

What do you think?  Are you divisive, indecisive, or decisive?


Photo credit to Pati Cmak, who has been illustrating Hamilton Disney-style. Too cool.