What’s worth protesting against?
What’s worth dying for?
Everyone I encounter seems to have strong opinions in this polarized world. Well, not really everyone. Many lack any opinions and their passions evolve around the mundane of sports, gaming, shopping and tweeting.
As for the polarized persons for whom emotions run high, it got me to wondering what’s the ONE THING we all could get behind and work in unison on.
If pandemics, wildfires, and hurricanes are not unifying us, it begs the question as to why are we staying together as the USA. Our national psyche of distrust and apathy is like being in a house on fire and instead of helping each other out safely, we bicker over how did the fire start, who might have caused it and how are we going to pay for the fire damage. The only thing that unites us is the fact that we inevitably burn up together.
Have we gotten too big, too impersonal, too distracted as a nation and as a people to unite behind ONE THING, to accomplish ONE THING.
Might we need to revert to micro societies where goals and needs are starkly defined. Where there is a survival mentality, a life boat mentality.
What is the one thing that you would protest for or against?
Are you ready-willing-able to take action on this selected cause?
Are you ready to move beyond talking mode to mission driven mode?
There are no specific answers to this blog. Only you can answer these questions upon review of your heart of hearts.
As for me, the existential and long term threat is climate change, global warming and our potential extinction.
In terms of an even shorter term, immediate need, there is the increasing polarity of our society which will ultimately lead to either civil war or anarchy. Preventing that scenario from coming to fruition should in my opinion be the ONE THING that we need to get behind before it’s too late.
That said, how might we pull back from polarities brink of destruction?
First step: Take personality, emotion and personal animosity out of our interpersonal relations (be that within the family, friends, workplace, neighborhood, community, state, nation). It’s ok to have an opinion and label. It’s not ok to call me an asswhole for it.
Second step: Having removed emotional hot buttons as described above, proceed with a fact driven basis for decision making and relationships concerning the aforementioned groups (family, friends, etc.)
Third Step: Agree to disagree where there can be no compromise and the TIPPING POINT has been reached among the family, friends, co-workers, etc. Compromise and communication should be the first priority following the mantra of “walking in each others shoes”. However, there will be deal breakers that can not be overcome. We all will know them when we see them.