I Didn’t Delete Uber and Here’s Why.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you will know it’s been a tough week for the rideshare company Uber.  You may recall last week, the company was the subject of a huge hashtag movement to delete the application.  Hundreds of thousands of Uber users deleted the popular application and screenshot a picturing of the confirmation using the hashtag “deleteuber”. This hashtag was the result of the interpretation that the “surge” pricing being removed during the time of the protesting at JFK airport (when the need for drivers was high).  This was put the rideshare giant against the people that service it and was perceived as Uber trying to lower the payment of its drivers.    A statement from the Uber CEO announced that he, Travis Kalanik, as well as the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk (among other high power CEOs) were going to sit on an advisory council for President Trump.  At public urging, Uber CEO Travis Kalanik quit the advisory council.  All of which transcribed in literally A WEEK  Big shout out to the power of the PEOPLE.

BUT.

This got me to thinking about our relationships and how they are not always black and white.  Although I know Donald Trump is an extreme case, is it not okay to befriend, admire, or support someone, even if we don’t agree with ALL of their ways.  Who decides which people get a pass and which people don’t.  Why are we so quick to cast people away who don’t think like we do.  I’ll give you a few example of people we tolerate in spite of:

  • R Kelly is still selling tickets, regardless of his past with sexual perversion.
  • The Justice System is one we abide by, but we know it is corrupt and inconsistent.
  • Comcast – is everyone’s main cable access, but we dread every moment.

Again, I understand Trump can definitely be a clear deal breaker, but I see so many of us, myself included, on an inconsistent basis judging folks on ONE single aspect of life.  Then we have grown to a society that would cut someone off rather than try to understand and accept people where they are. I named Elon Musk specifically because I love and am inspired by him and his vision for the future of Energy.  Although I disagree with him thinking he could influence the unintelligence of President Trump, I can understand and allow him a seat at the table.

I’ve just grown to learn that all lasting relationships, ALL of them are complicated, messy, are hot and cold, and take work and endurance.  We have to learn that the power lies in that struggle of maintaining relationships collectively that are worth more than any of us could ever be individually.  Nothing in nature survives alone; we need each other.  Our differences are what make us vibrant, innovative, and evolving.   I’m starting here and now to work to come from ‘individual island’ because there’s so much power in numbers — just ask Uber.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you will know it’s been a tough week for the rideshare company Uber.  You may recall last week, the company was the subject of a huge hashtag movement to delete the application.  Hundreds of thousands of Uber users deleted the popular application and screenshot a picturing of the confirmation using the hashtag “deleteuber”. This hashtag was the result of the interpretation that the “surge” pricing being removed during the time of the protesting at JFK airport (when the need for drivers was high).  This was put the rideshare giant against the people that service it and was perceived as Uber trying to lower the payment of its drivers.    A statement from the Uber CEO announced that he, Travis Kalanik, as well as the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk (among other high power CEOs) were going to sit on an advisory council for President Trump.  At public urging, Uber CEO Travis Kalanik quit the advisory council.  All of which transcribed in literally A WEEK  Big shout out to the power of the PEOPLE.

BUT.

This got me to thinking about our relationships and how they are not always black and white.  Although I know Donald Trump is an extreme case, is it not okay to befriend, admire, or support someone, even if we don’t agree with ALL of their ways.  Who decides which people get a pass and which people don’t.  Why are we so quick to cast people away who don’t think like we do.  I’ll give you a few example of people we tolerate in spite of:

  • R Kelly is still selling tickets, regardless of his past with sexual perversion.
  • The Justice System is one we abide by, but we know it is corrupt and inconsistent.
  • Comcast – is everyone’s main cable access, but we dread every moment.

Again, I understand Trump can definitely be a clear deal breaker, but I see so many of us, myself included, on an inconsistent basis judging folks on ONE single aspect of life.  Then we have grown to a society that would cut someone off rather than try to understand and accept people where they are. I named Elon Musk specifically because I love and am inspired by him and his vision for the future of Energy.  Although I disagree with him thinking he could influence the unintelligence of President Trump, I can understand and allow him a seat at the table.

I’ve just grown to learn that all lasting relationships, ALL of them are complicated, messy, are hot and cold, and take work and endurance.  We have to learn that the power lies in that struggle of maintaining relationships collectively that are worth more than any of us could ever be individually.  Nothing in nature survives alone; we need each other.  Our differences are what make us vibrant, innovative, and evolving.   I’m starting here and now to work to come from ‘individual island’ because there’s so much power in numbers — just ask Uber.

Karla is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University.  She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. Be sure to follower her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can listen to her as she co-hosts “The Scenario Radio Show” by downloading the app “Radio Free Nashville” or streaming the archives here.  If you need help starting your own blog, join her blogging community and ask her for support by emailing: karla@nashvillesocialbutterfly.com

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