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In today’s US political climate, Ron and Leslie should be enemies. She was a Democrat and he was a Libertarian. Leslie was very happy, a people person and he was stoic and actively tried to distance himself from people. Yet, their unlikely friendship was funny, beautiful, authentic and one of best parts of Parks and Recreation. Their friendship was built on respect, love, a strong work ethic, shared values and a deep fondness for breakfast food.
I operate similar to Ron and Leslie, I choose to befriend people who share most of my values, common interests and we have platonic chemistry. However, I actively refuse to befriend and engage with despicable people who have consciously chosen to be that way. They come in all political affiliations, ethnicities, genders, races, religions/lack thereof, ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses etc.. Being reasonably religious, an atheist, a refugee, an immigrant, a woman, a man, gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer, disabled, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, poor, reasonably conservative, liberal …these aren’t crimes, sins or mental illnesses. Despicable people believe the exact opposite and actively attack those groups. I take that personally because my parents and most of aunts and uncles are refugees. I’m also a progressive Asian woman and I have loved ones who are reasonably religious, atheists, refugees, immigrants, women, men, gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, queer, disabled, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, poor, conservative, liberal. I’m different and so are the people I love. I can be friends with different but not despicable.
Ron and Leslie’s friendship means a lot to me because it’s layered, real and an example that everyone should follow. It reinforces my belief that genuinely good people, despite their differences, can have strong and fulfilling relationships. They can also work together and make real change for the better.