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Sean Watson, San Clemente
A division separates an item into parts. The two parts are either big powers or small, relationships that were but are no longer. And so as a lens to see, big divisions exist along with the small divisions. The big ones reach down to the smaller ones, and the smaller ones influence bigger ones as much. Divisions in Washington D.C. provide a template for divisions locally, and walls built between friends and partners influence the perpetuation of barriers in institutions and organizations.
Regardless of scale, the two parts that result are different from the other and distinct from the two combined. Former dynamics are erased with elements lost, which dwindle in number, and diminish in size. What remains of the splintered pieces is to be redefined as separate items. No matter the item divided, the two pieces are less than the whole of the two combined. A splintered country is weaker than a unified country. Fragmented communities are less effective than compromising residents. Strained relationships bear burdens absent in healthy ones.
But that which is redefined is not defined according to itself, but what is lost. In this way, political issues are no longer addressed upon their practical purposes, but to stifle the interests of opposition. Differences are not seen as strengths in relationships, but points of departure. Within oneself, fragmentation denies the healing to begin outward building.
With application to country, city and relationships, tribes of interest would divide rather than heal one another. San Clemente should only have one community, for country and residents, and officials who ensure its unity.