Want a less-divided America? Look in the mirror

  1. Claire says:

    Great article! Our biases seem to get in our way and cause us not to listen and/or even try to be more open to another individual or groups perspectives.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very well said my friend.

  3. Gordon Dalgard says:

    Well said and reasoned. The US needs to regain the moral ground it once held. It’s sad to see the never ending bickering . if only the movers and shakers could show real leadership. Compromise is not always weakness. Indeed as often as not it can show strength of character Government by the biggest stick is often devoid of real strength of character.
    Texting without typos is difficult in this box.

  4. Roger Salls says:

    We seem to have either forgotten or in some cases not learned that just because we have opposing viewpoints, it doesn’t mean we can’t learn from one another. Shared knowledge and viewpoints, particularly opposing ones benefits all.
    Thank you Chuck.

  5. Byron Druss says:

    Chuck, it would seem so. Our politics are but a symptom of what we’ve created. A system they plays to likemindedness, then mechanized it. What have we done?
    How we come together is probably just what you suggest. To start considering expanded points of view.
    Empathy always makes for a better world.

  6. Dan Guitard says:

    The great America struggles to deliver the democracy they preach to the nations of the world. Equal opportunity is a punch line shared among the privileged. Has nothing been remembered or learned from history

  7. CVF says:

    Dan thank you !

  8. Charlie Slack says:

    Well said! Vigorous disagreement and debate with the other side are essential to our system. What we’re seeing now, though, is the suggestion that there is no other side — at least, none that’s legitimate. Politicians aren’t helping. Nor are the media, who in this fractured digital age have blurred every distinction between news and opinion. So we’ll have to find our way to a better place without the guidance of a latter day Walter Cronkite. It’ll have to come through through interactions with friends, relatives and strangers. And that starts, as Firlotte points out, with a look in the mirror. Amid all the shrieks and shouts of the moment, this terrific article is a rallying cry for civility.

  9. JOHN DOBOS says:

    Thanks CVF. Great day to read your message. Hope all is well. I also shared it.

  10. Mike Bonomo says:

    Well said Mr Firlotte! Opposing views are crucial to our understanding of our neighbors, our friends, and those who are very different from us. I love 2 movies that speak to this: The Green Book and The Two Popes. Instead of focusing on our differences we need to spend more time finding common ground and building from there. Thanks for provoking my thinking.

  11. William says:

    Thanks, great comments and perspective. We seem to have lost our ability to compromise, work together and try to find common grounds; it isn’t always about winning; it should be about finding common grounds to agree upon and building upon those ideals
    Stay well and take care.

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