Looking up

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Editorial/The Spencer Magnet

America looked up on Monday. Wearing silly glasses and sporting goofy grins, Americans stepped outside from coast to coast and glanced heavenward to catch a glimpse of a celestial marvel.

After several days, weeks and even months of looking sideways at each other because of political divisions, Americans stopped the bickering for at least a couple of hours, and then looked in the same direction.

Ironically, the eclipse that brought the moon directly into the path of the sun and technically made parts of the country a little darker for a few minutes, actually resulted in some lighter moments away from all the debates about statues, health care, taxes and all the other things that divided us.

How often do our conversations, even innocent ones, turn into debates? Even discussions about sports can take a turn to the ugly when blue runs up against red. Many of us humans like to take sides, draw lines and stake out our territory. And make no mistake, there are times and issues that require standing our ground.

While all eyes were up, we had no reason to fight or argue or fuss. For a few hours on Monday, our focus was the same as our neighbors, and when our necks grew tired and we lowered our heads, all we could do is look to the person next to us and talk about what we were watching.

May Monday encourage us to spend less time looking around, and more time standing together.