January 10, 2021 at 9:26 am #372548Canadian EagleParticipant
I watched with dismay the invasion of the Capital Building in Washington last week, what drove orthat dinary people to believe that this loud statement was needed in order for their voice be heard. I was also shocked to my core by the brutal murder of George Floyd and the ensuing outrage.
What strikes me is both groups feel the system is not working for them, I believe the vast majority of people involved in both these issues are decent people and are driven to desperation as they believe society is rigged against them… this is easy picking for extremists unfortunately.
At its core they all share the same frustration and ideals. Is this an opportunity for healing, a new dawn where people have the same question but have the maturity to resist jumping to premature and uniformed answers. The question is how do we all build a fair and tolerant society that works for all ordinary decent citizens?
.February 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm #373938Canadian EagleParticipant
Has decency returned ?February 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm #373998PeterParticipant
The opportunity for healing is always present, yet I’m at a loss of how the divisions were creating can be reconciled.
Compared to life in past centuries most of us our so much better of that a caparison becomes absurd. Yet it seems, its never enough and we are wiling to ‘cut of our nose to spite our face’.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…
I think we have forgotten that Democracy requires compromise, working together and sometimes sacrifice. We have forgotten that no one in a Democracy should expect (demand) to have everything their way. We forget that we have more in common then not.
Democracy is a relationship and like all relationships requires healthy boundaries. Anyone in relationships knows how difficult creating healthy boundaries can be as it requires a great deal of self knowledge, trust, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness, accountability, responsibility…. In a polarized tribal us/them society trust and self knowledge may be the first casualties.
I also don’t think we fully understand how the current commination technologies are impacting our ability to think and remember. I often wonder if we are replacing mind with our smart phones. Why develop and work on thinking skills when we can just google it.
I hope your correct and a starting point of decency returns to our dialog and actions. That we can recognize ourselves in each other (namaste), seeing each others though the eyes of compassion.