I tend to think out loud on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll ponder something and then folks will dive in. Sometimes it has to do with something specific about how community benefit organizations work. Almost always it has to do with how we can create the future we want for our world.
Because many of our blog readers are neither on Facebook or Twitter, I thought this year I would take one post per week and ponder those short ponderings out loud here.
They may be fuel for discussion. Or they may rise and fall as quietly as the moon on the desert. Either way, I hope you find something to chew on in the Stuff I’m Thinking About.
Today’s Post – Civil Discourse
Following the shooting here in Tucson, there has been an increased call for civility in public discourse. To that end and without officially being asked to do so, both parties in Congress seemed to take a more civil tone this week, which is a good start.
But can that last if current systems do not change? And if true civil dialogue requires systems change, what systems need to change – and how?
Here is what I was pondering on Twitter last week.
- Humans are hard-wired to respond to fear in predictable ways. That makes us easy to manipulate.
- Generating & maintaining fear (via airwaves or lobbyist-bought politicos) is therefore a guaranteed path to money and power.
- Alienating us from each other is a key ingredient in escalating fear, therefore a direct path to money and power.
- As the populace requests civil discourse, corporate power over both our airwaves & our elected officials simply laughs at our collective naivete.
- SO… is a precondition to our living well together that it be more profitable to bring us together than divide us?
- And if so, what might it look like if that were the case?
What do you think?
Photo Info: Desert Moon January 2011