The history of the world is simply the chronicle of what has happened because of the deeds of a small number of ordinary people who had extraordinary levels of commitment to making a difference. These individuals did little things extraordinarily well. They decided that something must change, that they must be the ones to do it, and that they could do it—and then they summoned the courage to persist until they found a way to make it work. – Tony Robbins
Despite the intensity of our highly polarized political and cultural society, we still have options. That’s not to say the choices are easy or easily-accepted, but is continuing down this same path of ever-increasing directed toward various various “others” our best option?
What kind of a nation do we choose to be going forward? What lessons are we teaching our children, and what kind of a nation are we bequeathing to them?
A FUTURE OF ENDLESS CONFLICT?
Today’s political and cultural “victories” shape and define the future we leave to others as well as solidify our own legacies. Is there anyone who can suggest with even the tiniest bit of sincerity that the conflicts between the two major political parties are making lives better? Where are the indications that one side or the other has irrevocably turned the tides in favor of their beliefs and ideology?
The more entrenched each side becomes in asserting their rights, their beliefs, their mandates, their vision as shaped by their sides’ core values and principles, the wider the divide becomes. What Happens Then?
Is a political and cultural agenda guided largely by fears of and aversion to change in a world where changes are taking place every day a guarantee for anything other than more conflict and resistance? Is it possible that consideration of how to have a voice in how change takes place and in what changes are best for us as a nation might actually be a better option than simply opposing policy because the other side proposed it?
If people want a single phenomenon to blame for the gradual decline of the American empire, direct your wagging finger at the devaluation of critical thinking skills.
Knee-jerk reactions are convenient time savers, but opposition and obstruction “just because” has serious drawbacks. In matters of great national and international significance with their great potential for great impact, by allowing integrity-free appeals to base fears without an appreciation for both what is proposed and why, we can assure ourselves of nothing but more intractable disputes with no solutions in sight.
Should that really be an option we need to keep open?
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Note to readers: In addition to my other blogs and writings here [see the Tabs above] and at Peak Oil Matters, I invite you to enjoy some brief excepts from my eBook political thriller:
The Tretiak Agenda
I’ll be posting them [here] beginning on June 15, and will continue doing so weekly throughout the summer
No post next week; enjoy the holiday weekend!
~ My Photo: post-storm, Gloucester MA – 01.24.16
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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As I state in the “About Me” section, I’m driven by an intense commitment to learn why those on the conservative side of the fence view so many matters of great importance to us all so differently than do those of us on the progressive side. Those 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.
If we don’t recognize and accept that bitter partisanship is not always the wisest or most beneficial strategy, the goal of a better future will forever be as far away tomorrow as it is today.
The late Senator Paul Wellstone’s observation continues to hold far more truth and power than we give it credit:
We all do better when we all do better
Why make setting up inevitable and enduring conflict the primary objective of policy and planning?