Posts tagged dialogue
Friday Musings: Women's and Men's Progress Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Characteristic of today’s social justice dogmas, another undeniably good cause has been so perverted by hyperbole and an inability to perceive nuance that we are left with only two extreme poles dominating the public debate. We must dispel of the notion that male progress and female progress are somehow mutually exclusive. The sexes aren’t battling for a finite reserve of power. Rather, each sex benefits from the other’s progress. Males and females are symbiotic.

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We’re All Wrong. Republicans. Democrats. Even You. So, What Now?

We- all of us- need to start getting very comfortable with the idea that we don’t have much figured out. Our beliefs are certainly faulty, needing refinement. Progress is only possible when people overcome the immaturity and insecurity that drive delusional certainty. The consensus of history’s most brilliant minds is that learning more only served to expose them to a constant bouquet of their own miscalculations and misassumptions. Let’s be open to confronting our own obvious ignorance and finding ourselves better today than yesterday. To do so, lets’ honor the inherent truths that underlie our “opponent’s” beliefs and work to explore the flaws in our personal world views. Whether Republicans, Democrats, or dogged independents, we have much to learn and always will.

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Choose Truth over Comfort: Creating Shared Values in a Melting Pot

There is nothing more insidious than a culture that fears truth. It strips us of the opportunity to grow and dispel misunderstandings while fostering an environment where angry insults and unkindness flourish. Yet today we are so immersed in mass marketer manipulation that we excuse intentional deception.

We must stop celebrating the blatantly manipulative used car salesmen and restore the ethic of good faith efforts toward greater understanding. When group culture applies the appropriate disgust to manipulative simplifications and demands honest pursuits of truth over ego, comfort, feelings, and immediate gratification, we will have the ability to solve all problems. The pursuit of truth over ego is the fundamental ingredient that must exist in a successful melting pot.

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