Tamara - posted on 08/20/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
A very interesting piece. I have been thinking a lot about where all the division in our country has come from. After I heard this lecture, I realized that we are all just human, with a lot more in common than we think, but unless we get outside of our own selves, we will not be able to begin to understand each other.
Listening to this lecture just solidified my thinking that we are all being played against each other by some shadow government machine (and power hungry individuals). Ideas are being planted, and language used to bring the most divisiveness attributes out of mankind. We need to be more thoughtful and not jump to conclusions or rely on old stereotypes when functioning in the world. We need to see the world full of individuals, with much to contribute, instead of 'us vs them'. I include myself in these statements because I am just as guilty of knee jerk reactions as the next person. To say otherwise is being dishonest with yourself and your fellow man.
I'm glad I found this lecture because it is just proof that others are thinking what I am too and looking for real ways to bring unity back to our country, just as I hope we can.
Unity does not mean giving up our core values, but finding enough commonalities that we can build on. I just hope we have enough left in common, and haven't been so polarized, that doing so would just be a pipe dream.