One would find it difficult to not come to the conclusion that some parts of our world, nation, state, county, city and neighborhood need to make some major adjustments. Relationships in some instances have deteriorated to the point of almost being irreparable.

At the heart and soul of many of these relationships is the compromise or total disregard of the values of truth, brotherhood and sisterhood. Power, money and sex seemingly dominate the motives of the actions some of us have made toward each other.

National, state and local news are being dominated by issues that highlight the power struggles, greed, church conflicts, family conflicts and other factors. Have you ever seen or heard about so much violent behavior as we are witnessing? Do we really want to teach our children that they should let honesty, common decency toward our fellow man and woman and truth be used as spare tires rather than steering wheels for life?

For those of us who have become persons of faith, since when did hate, bitterness and profane language replace love in any language or person?

Since 2007, how would you assess the political climate in the United States of America? Whether you identify yourself as a Republican, Democrat, Independent or other, can you make an objective analysis honestly without worrying about offending your friends, colleagues or other partisan affiliations?

The election of the 44th president of the United States and the election of the 45th president of the United States, immigration, abortion, health care and education are some of the major factors that have tested “One Nation Under God, Indivisible”… and “Forgive us of our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. …”

Thankfully, in the midst of our relationship storms, evidence of positive people experiences are documented on all levels. Unfortunately, news that highlights conflicts is more “juicy” and defines the content of news programs more than good neighbor stories.

I wonder what would happen if Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech would become a reality when more of the sons and daughters of former slaves and more of the sons and daughters of former slave owners would sit down at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood?

Having been one of the 29 that left by train from Florence to join the other 249,971 participants at that March on Washington event on Aug. 28, 1963, I wonder what would happen in our country if we recaptured the spirit of the black and white marchers who came from coast to coast and interacted with each other without one single act of violence? (Incidentally, of the 12 speakers that day at the Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Rep. John Lewis is the sole surviving speaker for the occasion.)

I wonder who in Congress would take the initiative to bring the president and all party representatives together to create a cooperative environment that would successfully meet the needs of all our citizens and our country? I wonder who locally, statewide and nationally will sit down and harmoniously work to meet the educational needs of all of our students, teachers and all other employees in our public schools?

What would happen if more of our conversations in our families, neighborhoods, churches, meetings and organizations evidenced genuine feelings and concerns for the benefit of all, deceitfulness and the practice of “going along to get along”? How many of us have wondered what and how long it is going to take for civility to re-establish the Golden Rule in us? Civility is defined as “ a code of manners, a way of behaving that allows people to live and work in harmony.” Gandhi’s Seven Sins of the World are being lived out before us every day.

>> Wealth Without Work.

>> Pleasure Without Conscience.

>> Knowledge Without Character.

>> Commerce Without Morality.

>> Science Without Humanity.

>> Worship Without Sacrifice.

>> Politics Without Principle.

Let’s have more evidence of living The Ten Commandments and less about where they are posted. Let’s have more focus on what we do about meeting the needs of human being from birth to death.

What can we agree on? How serious are we about being genuine in our relationships with each other? There is a song that says “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” For the sake of our society, it is “time out” for hypocrisy and insincerity. Let us all commit to being honest with each other in thought, conversation and deed in the pursuit of happiness that is not self-centered.

Allie E. Brooks Jr. is a retired educator who was the Florence School District One superintendent and formerly the principal at Wilson High School.