How did we get into the intractable place we have arrived as a country, as the human race?
So what do we want from our leaders: our Senate, our House of Representatives our state legislators, our governor and our president? Do we want a ship that is righted and mobile; that moves through the mighty ocean of our little lives with authority and grace?; do we have the pragmatic and mature view to understand that, despite the relentless drum-beat of consumerism--what Hollywood and Madison Avenue are saying--individuals have never gotten everything they wanted?
I submit that we have to learn to subdue self interest so that all of us, with each other, can cobble together a world and a life that we can grant our children and grandchildren with, if not assurance, than at least hope.
It's a little house we all live in. But we'll be fine if we can just learn to dance well with everyone else. So first ask yourself the questions: How does everything implicate me? In what way do I contribute to it all? I'll ask those questions too.
If you have something to say you're not allowed to say it through zingers just to win points. Here's Rule #1: State first how you are implicated in the problem before you start looking outward, and be prepared to place your comment in a context that will actually move the conversation--and potentially our society--forward. Rule #2: (see Rule #1).