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Sevided, verb: divided, separated

By Babs IversonPublished about a month ago 1 min read
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"War itself is, of course, a form of madness it's hardly a civilized pursuit. It's amazing how we spend so much time inventing devices to kill each other and so little time working on how to achieve peace." -Walter Cronkite

Thoughts zigzagging through June's mind. June's thoughts were sevided. Questioning. Who started this? What are they gaining? Where did hatred start to become the word of the day? When did cooperation go out of style? Along the way, cooperation completely stopped! Why can't people work towards common goals?

June knew that people were sevided by religion, politics, and wealth.

Instead of giving up, June was determined to start at the grassroots working for a positive change in her local community by running for office. June's inclusiveness created a ripple effect. Those who were opposed to June used sevided rhetoric against her. It didn't stop June.

Persistently and successfully, June argued her points and brought diverse people together. June no longer had sevided thoughts. She was taking the necessary steps toward a better world.


A decade later, the word sevided disappeared from usage. The obsolete word wasn't written or spoken. Local communities became stronger, becoming excellent positive examples for states and the federal government.

Acceptance of all, no matter their religion, politics, and wealth, changed the course of history. If they hadn't changed, they would have been simply conquered. By doing away with the divisive mentality of them versus us, people worked peacefully together to solve and resolve their problems.

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About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • Denise E Lindquist5 days ago

    Very good! Thank you Babs ❤️😊💕

  • Mary Haynes23 days ago

    Excellent story and great take on the challenge. Oh my goodness, I hope hate can be over in a decade!

  • Jay Kantor28 days ago

    Dear Babs ~ Walter Cronkite would have set this right ~ Jay

  • Laura Lannabout a month ago

    Thought provoking as usual. I hope we all can do our part to shape a future like this!

  • This was essentially the sermon my wife preached this week. If she had been introduced to it & to your article, I'm pretty sure she would have used it (giving credit, of course). Admittedly, this does seem to work much better on the local level than state, national or world where systems already set in place & the powers that be are much larger, more potent & more easily bury & dismiss the single voice. I remember so well Michelle Obama saying in 2016, "When they go low, we go high." Oh, how I wished it would have worked back then. Chances are good we would still have a devoted public servant who continually sacrificed to make things better for others than four years of a complete narcissist who nearly brought both nation & world to their knees with lies & hate along with the continuing threat of another four.

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenlerabout a month ago

    Lovely, Babs! As usual, with your creative touch!

  • Rick Henry Christopher about a month ago

    This is wonderful Babs!!! Great message and fantastic word!!! Excellent job!!!

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    I love that the word became obsolete! Brilliant word and fabulous message 🤍

  • Sid Aaron Hirjiabout a month ago

    great message

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Lovely sentiments Babs and I like how you used the word so much throughout!☺️👍

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Survival is strong, yet why do we need to be tested. Well done Babs

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I hope so much that this would eventually come true one day. Loved your story Babs!

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    It plays in the mind and dances on the tongue. Great word, and an interesting narrative!

  • Donna Reneeabout a month ago

    Very nicely done, Babs!! 😁

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Wonderful story. Well done, my friend.

  • Mother Combsabout a month ago


  • J. S. Wadeabout a month ago

    Great new word! Well done Babs 🥰

  • Brin J.about a month ago

    With today's events, this story really could be a reality. Well done, Babs. It was a combination of sad and hopeful. I pray we get the ending you wrote. <3

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