Why Global Drought Matters Locally
We didn't get our garden this year. For those of you who know me, that's a huge deal. But as week after week without rain
I am alarmed by recent attempts to ignore the ugly aspects of our shared history. Skipping select parts of the constitution? Removing the n-word from Twain? How do we become a better society if we choose to ignore how we got here? We should be engaging in difficult conversations with one another, not mutually engineered denial.
It's time for all lawmakers and wanna-be lawmakers to denounce Michelle Bachman's Muslim witch-hunt. After six people were murdered for being perceived to be Islamists in Wisconsin yesterday, and a mosque in Joplin burned to the ground today, it's time that our leaders take responsibility for their part in even tacitly supporting this most UnAmerican of behaviors. Any insanity in the name of "God" and "country" is still insanity - and we are no better for behaving violently for those reasons here than those we denounce for behaving violently for those reasons elsewhere.
Besides EQ & IQ, most people need more PQ. Perspective is a powerful focusing agent. Learn to see things from the other's point of view.
I know that some people are more critical than complimentary, but not most people. So why do we seem to be a culture constantly on the defensive? I suspect it's because we hear criticisms with biting clarity and we are less attuned to noticing the compliments. When we tune our radar to seek love, we find a lot more of it.
I suspect that if everyone comprehended the true natures of opinion and belief versus fact and ethics, there would be more constructive debate and less mindless conflict.