Thursday, May 30, 2013

Polarization Promoters

There are so many polarization promoters on every corner of life these days that one might think the hawkers of the latest political problem, social controversy, scandal or tragedy; media moguls, politicians, big business entrepreneurs, religious extremists and so forth, truly have the last word on the world’s complete reality.

But we play right into their game; seduced like Pinocchio by the donkey man that will soon harness our lives, if not our minds, should we not be decidedly more conscious.
Nonetheless, too many of us are constantly attracted to the daily infusion of carnival-like excitement these venders of self-interest peddle. Thus we avoid giving much attention to discerning other priorities that might bring us that high quality of life we say we want; a mode that might be more fulfilling than cotton candy; certain to always leave us feeling a bit sticky and empty.

Instant gratification is the name of this game, often diverting conscious awareness of more wholesome alternatives. But many of us elect this lazy path, finding the convenience of the easy way out too enticing to resist.
I have naught to contribute to any betterment of this disturbing and unsavory circumstance other than the freedom of speech that allows me to write and share these words.

However, celebrating my three years of writing these blogs, three years tomorrow, I can be grateful that here, to whatever benefit, I can readily say what I hear and see.

One of my main concerns, however, is that the emerging findings of New Horizons Possible Human, Possible Society Study, while not to be completed until December 31, 2015, are already revealing strong tendencies of everyday citizens to be polarization promoters rather than solvers of the problem.  I am growing increasingly troubled about the significance of this one finding, the extent of strong tendencies in everyday citizens to sabotage nationwide unity rather than build it.

If you are looking to be an active part of solving this problem of our epidemic of polarization, I invite you to join Jack Slattery and myself tonight on our Possible Society In Motion Show where I will have the opportunity, with the aid of questions and comments from Jack, my co-host, to air my concerns about this finding from our Possible Human, Possible Society study.

You can also join us for this topic, following our on-air discussion at 7:00 p.m., with our conference call conversation. (Call in number: 712.432.0600, access code: 640883), also, recorded tonight.

Or listen in to our podcast and plan to join us soon as we open up the lines for on-air call-ins in the near future.

On the other hand, there are so many stories of people, not very different than you and I, that are doing everything they can to be builders of unity. We will be discussing some of these in weeks to come.

Bridge building is an art, especially when its intent is to cross the rivers of diversity.  We need every available artist in this country to take an active part in a nationwide effort to build bridges to unite all our many peoples on every front of our lives; in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods and our local communities. And, to pass this art on to those that are just beginners at it.

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