One of the biggest obstacles in fostering progressive discourse I’ve witnessed is a tendency to make attacks personal, and take attacks personally.

Part of this comes from the fact that very few individuals are willing to admit wrongdoing and/or assume accountability for the way things are (especially in politics — votes this does not earn you).  Another part is that we’ve developed a collective consciousness in which we have the ability to tirelessly share our opinions; therefore, we believe they deserve to be heard.

What we need is the ability to say “Hey, I may disagree with you — even fundamentally — but that doesn’t make you a terrible person.”  Let’s dial it back a little. Reactionary culture, in general, is upsetting.

Give your intellect a little credit and allow it some breathing room before firing back.

That is, in essence, the mindful approach to living.




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  1. prunelacoconnell December 9, 2015 — 1:01 am

    Well said. We need this!

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