By Jim Guenther
June 08, 2012
Neither the author nor I are attempting to say that any one way is correct. All have strong merits and should be balanced in the mix. The problem is that we, as a country, are not very willing to listen to the other side. We hold our own truths as sacred and we don’t think very lucidly while discussing them.
So how do we move forward? Haidt suggests that the legislative calendar itself causes polarization; that congressmen take longer recesses now allowing them to leave the capital, when they used to work three weeks then take a week off during which they would stay and mingle. Mingling is a thing of the past. He also implies that bourbon consumption has gone way down in DC. Drinking invites socialization hence collaboration. Lastly he believes that a common problem requiring an immediate solution could teach us the power of working together. But lacking an interstellar asteroid hurtling toward Earth, we are probably going to be stuck with a polarized society for a very long time. It’s a shame really. I say break out the bourbon.
Received May 30, 2012 - Published June 08, 2012
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