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Let’s all work together for a brighter future

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Brian Landreth went to Ireland with his family this past summer. He and his wife China are standing before the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s West coast. (Submitted Photo)

Brian Landreth set foot on the Roswell Community Little Theatre’s stage the first time at age 11. At age 26, he’s in another play for the same organization. Landreth grew up on stage, and it has informed his worldview greatly.

“I’ve always had a great fascination with theater,” he said. “I think of it as exploring different sides of our humanity and different sides of ourselves. I’ve learned a lot about myself through theater. Working with different people in the cast and crew, all from different walks of life, really helped to shape me into a better person. It gave me a better understanding of others. There’s a lot we can learn about humanity in general through the arts.”

As deep as his appreciation of the arts runs, it’s only one part of this multi-faceted young man’s greater passions.

“One thing that feeds my soul is human contact,” Landreth said. “Being able to have meaningful conversations with people, whether they be from my own culture or others — being able to make meaningful moments. My biggest desire in life is to help others.”

Landreth has taken a life-long interest in history and in the military into places rarely visited by many.

“My exploration of history,” he said, “and of the military has given me a better perspective of the world. Understanding these gives me a better understanding of how governments work, and how nations resolve their differences. Though not always in the best ways, still you can learn. We can learn about how people think.”

Landreth is a student of people and of the human condition. He’s applying himself to his studies with the same intensity he applies to everything.

“I was going for a degree in psychology,” he said. “But I’m shifting toward political science as a major. There are a lot of career fields it can lead to such as politics, governmental jobs, law and many others. With that degree plan, I can set myself up to make a positive change in the world.”

He lives his chosen faith, Messianic Judaism, as a testament to his love of people.

“Judaism has become very dear to my heart,” Landreth said. “With my wife having Jewish ancestry, it’s become more significant in my life. It helps me to grow closer with her as well. The importance of family, of keeping traditions alive and of learning. In Judaism, there is always a great emphasis on learning, striving to learn, building libraries, keeping facts alive and continuing them on to the next generation.”

Landreth and his wife China see their marriage as a partnership.

“No matter what happens,” he said, “our decisions are mutual. While we’re both individuals, we know that all our decisions affect each other. So we want to make sure decisions will work for both of us.”

They plan to have children in a few years. Landreth’s desires for his children are much the same as his wishes for humankind.

“I want them to become their own person,” he said, “and decide their own futures. I want to celebrate who they are rather than telling them how they must be.”

When thinking about the future, Landreth remains flexible.

“I don’t know where my road’s going to lead me,” he said. “Whether my roads are country roads in Roswell or I go off to the big city or across the country, I’m not sure. I’m accepting the future as it comes at me and seeing where it takes me with excitement.”

He’s given thought to serving in politics, but he knows that a commitment like that belongs to the whole family.

“I would only consider running for office,” he said, “if my wife could be at peace with it. I could see myself working for politicians, as long as I’m working toward something good. If they’re a person of integrity, who works to bring about positive changes, I wouldn’t care what side of the aisle they’re on. Be it one of the two main parties, or someone in one of the smaller parties — I have no problem either way.

“One of the greatest problems we have today is that nobody’s willing to reach across the aisle. I feel that the aisle is more imagination than reality. We all can work together. If we do so with integrity and with the same goal of making a brighter future for ourselves, party is no problem.”

Landreth holds one thought in mind as an almost sacred change.

“How can I do something to help the world?” He said. “How can I do something to maintain stability but also bring about positive change.”

Landreth grew up in a family who taught him to see all people as worthy of dignity and respect. It caused him to explore a larger world. He feels that it would be wise for everyone to reach out past their comfort zones.

“I want to encourage everyone to step outside the box,” he said, “travel, look at other cultures even if they’re just across town. Go out and learn how other people live and use that as a way to improve yourself and your life. Never stop learning.”

For those who fear what our world is becoming, they would be doing themselves a favor to get to know people like Brian Landreth. Our future is in some pretty solid hands.