By Brian Nichols
As I woke up this morning, I began digging through my thoughts, trying to decide what to write about (mainly because my deadline was in like five minutes but whatever works right?). Immediately thoughts of some easy to discuss political scandal or breaking news come to mind, but who really needs another hot take? In such a negative world, where everyone seems to hate everyone else for some reason or another, I thought it good to instead write a piece that was not only focused on the positives in our world but also focused on not bringing others down along the way.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, my name is Brian Nichols, host of The Brian Nichols Show over on the We Are Libertarians Network. The entire premise of my show is to have meaningful conversations about the issues my audience cares about, with the main goal being to educate, enlighten, and inform. My vision is to carry that mission over to this platform as well, and in turn, hopefully change some hearts and minds.
For today, instead of talking about a particular topic, I wanted to talk about you. Yes, you. Because, believe it or not, you’re an incredibly important person who means the world to lot’s of people out there. Regardless of your race, sexual orientation, country of origin, etc… you, as a unique individual, are so incredibly important.
Libertarians believe in property rights, non-aggression, and in the individual. On this Saturday, I want to focus on the individual; on you.
You’re flawed. You’ve failed. But you’re also unique and loved. It is the balance between that what makes us feel like we’re making a difference in the world and the imperfections we posses that makes our human experience so unique and so special. We have the ability to make our own choices, for better or for worse, but at the end of the day, it’s the learning from those choices that allow us to grow as unique individuals with something to bring to the world that is of value.
Our own unique experiences and perspectives allow us to speak with those who are like-minded, and in turn, provides us with a medium to speak with those like-minded individuals and to relate to them on a higher, more personal level. It’s that ability reflect and engage with others on those unique commonalities that allows us to change hearts and minds, and in turn, make a better world for our future.
So, your mission for today and for this week is to be open with other, expressing both your virtues and your flaws. Be a person that is relatable. Show your imperfections, but let those imperfections be a tool to show your ability to learn, adapt, and grow. By doing that, you’re opening the door for others to do the same, and in turn, opening the door for us to all engage with one another a level that is much deeper and much more meaningful that before.
That’s how we change hearts and minds. And with that, we’ll see you next week.
Brian is the host of The Brian Nichols Show. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in American Government and Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management and has served on multiple political campaigns, including local, state, and federal campaigns. He also co-authored a published academic paper that explored the concept of a professional legislature that focused on the application of “professional legislatures” to county legislative bodies in New York State. His goal is simple: to have a show that discusses today’s news in an objective manner to ultimately find common ground between individuals of differing ways of thinking. He currently as an Associate Editor for The Libertarian Republic and Chapter Leader for AFF Philadelphia. When not taking part in political discourse, Brian enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys, reruns of The Office on Netflix, and going to the gym.