So How do we Heal?

Raise your hand if you want to spend the next year as angry and as worried about politics, political parties, liberals, conservatives, global tensions, social trauma, antifa, alt right and “stuff” that you don’t like.  Come on.  Hands up?    

I don’t see any hands. . . . .

In my prior post, I spoke of Jonathan Haidt’s classic book – The Righteous Mind.  It is – in my opinion – an excellent distillation of (as the subtitle says) – why good people are divided by politics and religion.  If you don’t have the time (or will) to read it, I want you to do something.  Please.  I am asking you. . . .   Spend 20 minutes to watch a Ted Talk.  It is an interview with Jonathan Haidt, the author.   The subject is “Can a Divided America Heal.”     http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal  

Pew Research shows that our feelings about those on the “other side” of our hardwired beliefs have now morphed from dislike into disgust.  And hatred.  And a belief that the “other side” is a threat to us and to our nation.  Each side is developing its own moral matrix of what is right (or righteous) such that the issues that divide us are now greater than ever before.

This is a Ted Talk worth watching.  Twice.  Or three times.  And worth sending on to others.  I want my grandchildren – and their grandchildren – to grow up in an America that has civil discourse.  And respectful disagreement.  I believe you do too.    

Please.  20 minutes is all I ask. . . . . 

 

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2 thoughts on “So How do we Heal?

  1. Skip Housh

    Thanks, Scott. I did watch the video. Of course, it is easier for us old retired guys to invest 20 minutes in watching a video.

    I am suffering from confirmation bias because I have felt for some time that a lot of the social and political activity we see in the U.S. and worldwide is a direct result of our hard-wired need for belonging to a tribe. When I look at human events and actions through that lens, it appears to explain a lot.

    I hope Donna and you are well.

    Do you have any trips planned for this fall? Except for visiting Karin at Thanksgiving and Kit at Christmas, Ann and I expect to be home. Of course, we’ve already had a busy year traveling. D.C. with the older Granddaughters in March. Italy and Greece in late April/early May. Twin Cities the end of May for Kit’s graduation. Glacier the last week in July. The timing of our Glacier trip was lucky. The Sprague fire closed the Sperry Chalet a week after we were there. The Lodge at the Chalet burned 8/31. Given the speed at which the Park Service is able to do things, it will be years before the Chalet reopens.

    On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 8:11 PM, Renaissance Hombre wrote:

    > scottpetersen posted: “Raise your hand if you want to spend the next year > as angry and as worried about politics, political parties, liberals, > conservatives, global tensions, social trauma, antifa, alt right and > “stuff” that you don’t like. Come on. Hands up? I don’t s” >

  2. Don Fagerberg

    Great TED talk. Thanks.

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    On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 9:11 PM, Renaissance Hombre wrote:

    > scottpetersen posted: “Raise your hand if you want to spend the next year > as angry and as worried about politics, political parties, liberals, > conservatives, global tensions, social trauma, antifa, alt right and > “stuff” that you don’t like. Come on. Hands up? I don’t s” >

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