Looking Left and Right: A Better Future? Pt 1

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The moral difference is clear: Do we have both personal and social responsibility, or just personal responsibility? Are we in this together, or are we on our own? The conservatives say we are, and should be, on our own. Are we the United States or the Separate States — or millions of isolated individuals who don’t care about anybody else?
The answer to these questions affects every issue.

As each side bordering the political chasm digs in ever deeper to engage in skirmishes whose intensities and potential consequences seem to have no end point in sight, we should be wondering with greater urgency what sort of “community” will emerge from the wreckage. How are we preparing ourselves to pursue opportunities and provide for the well-being of our families when so much energy is dissipated in battles where nonsense is the primary weapon?

Assuming the future still matters to at least most of us, perhaps a momentary pause to consider where current choices will lead is called for….Ignoring legitimate real-world challenges, denying they exist, or making absurd, ignorant claims to defend unconscionable political tactics will not affect the arrival of those problems in the least. Widespread impacts will be following close behind. Do we continue the ideological battles, or decide to meet the challenges by cooperating as needed?

That there’s no chance whatsoever of gaining ground in any meaningful way seems to be routinely overlooked. So too do these battles offer nothing but the creation of more problems for us all in the years to come.

Pursuing other options might be worth at least considering, if not trying them out for size. What we’re all doing isn’t exactly the ideal model for Problem-Solving 101. That there are serious challenges facing us all in the years ahead is not in dispute. Solving them in some acceptable manner as a prelude to doing even more is open to question.

In our highly-charged, more-complex-by-the-minute 21st Century, the competing interests, values, principles, ideals, ideologies, preferences and a score of other equally vital considerations all compete for prominence in the public debates [or what passes for them]. Peeling back at least some of the many layers so that an increased awareness and understanding might be added to the mix certainly can’t hurt!

This multi-week [Thursdays only] series is an effort to expand both, which will hopefully lead to even more of those same objectives, rather than the pursuit of partisan disputes growing uglier and less fruitful by the day. We have choices. It’s my hope this series will shed some light on at least some of those options. It might even persuade a few of us to test drive some new approaches to make our individual and collective lives a bit better….

Idealistic of course. But that’s not a reason not to try….

 

~ My Photo: Sunrise at Myrtle Beach, SC – 09.28.12

 

Looking Left and Right:
Inspiring Different Ideas, Envisioning Better Tomorrows

Be the change you want in the world Gandhi

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because
of those who look at it without doing anything Albert Einstein

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Our contrasting behaviors, beliefs, and ideologies are contributing factors to the very problems we’re trying to solve—the ones we must solve if our own ambitions and our hopes for a peaceful and prosperous world we leave to our children are to be well-served.

As each side bordering the political chasm digs in ever deeper to engage in skirmishes whose intensities and potential consequences seem to have no end point in sight, we should be wondering with greater urgency what sort of “community” will emerge from the wreckage. How are we preparing ourselves to pursue opportunities and provide for the well-being of our families when so much energy is dissipated in battles where nonsense is the primary weapon?

Assuming the future still matters to at least most of us, perhaps a momentary pause to consider where current choices will lead is called for….Ignoring legitimate real-world challenges, denying they exist, or making absurd, ignorant claims to defend unconscionable political tactics will not affect the arrival of those problems in the least. Widespread impacts will be following close behind. Do we continue the ideological battles, or decide to meet the challenges by cooperating as needed?

That there’s no chance whatsoever of gaining ground in any meaningful way seems to be routinely overlooked. So too do these battles offer nothing but the creation of more problems for us all in the years to come.

* I invite you to enjoy my two books [here and here], and to view my other   blogs–at this website [see below] and at Peak Oil Matters

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Life Will Answer Thought-provoking inquiries & observations about how (and why) Life does … and does not, work for everyone. [Inspired by my book of the same name].