On the heals of my last post, could each of us, including me be part of the solution to our nation’s mess? What would the solution look like? Maybe if I could boil down what is happening on a national scale to what it takes for any two people to get along it would make the challenge seem doable.
Shane Deichman hit the attitude needed squarely on the head, humility is a great starting point. Also, when you desire to know someone and hear what they are saying it is much more difficult to be hurtful towards them because of their position. Maybe approaching topics by asking, what is it about this topic that causes you to be so passionate and what can I learn from listening to your perspective. What life shapers have you experienced that makes this issue so close to you?
Can we focus on topics and understanding rather than name calling and pigeon holing people. All to the left are not “Anti-American,” and all to the right are not “Ignorant, unintelligent bumpkins.”
When we put on the table what we are passionate about and why, is there some compromise a position that both sides can endorse, though it may not be either sides first choice? Isn’t this what we do to keep our marriages together? This is what it will take to pull our country together as well.
Maybe the entire country won’t do this but if I do it and you do it then we have a start. What we are currently doing is not working and to continue drawing hard lines and being ugly will only bring more of the same result.
As we have watched other nations around the world slipping into bankruptcy, like Greece, we have to know our nation is not too big to fail. We have to be students of history to know nation after nation has slipped from greatness to mere existing. We have to know it could happen here as well. Most can say what we are currently doing is not helping many, it’s not working.
There must be a higher, better way. We need to choose to be great and do the things that will help us achieve that destination. I need to be able to say, “So, you are Pro Choice, I am Pro Life, let’s talk about why this is important to both of us, I want to hear your thoughts.”
Could we be part of the solution?