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May 29, 2011

Is there a nice way to talk about politics?

It often seems that conversations regarding political leanings – whether you're on the Left, Right or even the Center  – lead us backwards, forwards, up and down. Talk about a "hot-button" issue. We're wondering why politics can be so polarizing and what makes people so passionate when sharing their beliefs? When met with opposing beliefs is there a nice way to talk about political issues while still maintaining your personal opinion? We'd love to know your secrets on how we can have productive, civil conversations.

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05.15.11 / 9:28 PM
[ steps up on the soapbox ]

Totally joking…We're very interested to see how this inwords conversation, about difficult discussions, evolves. Trying to understand different (maybe even opposing) views and meet in the middle is at the heart of collaboration. No matter where your beliefs lie, it seems clear that there isn't enough collaboration happening in the political arena. We're hoping each of us can use the inwords venue to inspire dialogue that leads to inspired thinking for all our members, benefiting our society as a whole. That's good for everyone…everywhere.
05.19.11 / 11:18 AM
Personal and political leanings undoubtedly shape the way we approach issues. They compel us to draw “the line” – and that’s fine! That’s all part of the dialogue that needs to happen. Where it all falls apart is when we put on blinders and refuse to listen, compromise or treat others with respect. No one wins then. If people are at the heart of the conversation instead of politics, then maybe the focus can remain on solutions rather than posturing. Creating a society that respects the human person and presents opportunities to thrive is not a democrat vs republican issue – it’s a human issue.
05.25.11 / 10:49 AM
@Melissa I couldn't agree more. We often (as a society) deem our opinion to be the standard for all conversations about not just politics...but everything. I'm not sure if it's the culture that surrounds us, one where unknown figures are elevated to a pop-star/reality/famous/relevant for today status where they're seen as a voice of reason. It's when we stop listening and continue to project ideas without pause for consideration that our conversations digress into monologue.

I often wish that politicians were able to only run one term, with rules in place that make them have to take at least a single term off between their next election bid. It would force politicians to affect change for a municipality / state / nation based not on the leanings of future political aspirations but on personal belief and current undertones. It would also force politicians to work together to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Collaboration would be a great result of the change.
05.28.11 / 5:20 PM
Here's an interesting list of human universals:
http://condor.depaul.edu/mfiddler/hyphen/humunivers.htm

I am really fond of George Lakoff's book
Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

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