Here I am, looking out my window into downtown San Francisco, and these words from @ParkerPalmer pass my way:
"If we value things like friendship, family, community, education, workplaces that work, and democracy, there’s a minimum requirement. We must learn to talk with each other, even when we disagree. Not "at" each other, or even "to" each other, but "with" each other!
So, how’s that going for us? The answer varies from one person to another, from one setting to the next. But when it comes to American democracy, it’s not going very well.
The problem goes much deeper than the infamous dysfunction in Washington, D.C., where they got so worn down by the last round of not talking with each other that they’re taking a time-out before the next round of not talking with each other. The problem goes all the way down to us, to “We the People”.
WE could have an impact on how THEY talk with each other IF we would learn to talk with each other across OUR lines of difference. For real. In a democracy, that’s how “We the People” address urgent issues, form a rough consensus on the common good, and hold our leaders accountable to our will. When we can’t do any of that, we have no leverage on our government.”
Just gorgeous architecture in downtown Oakland. Our work takes us to places that stir the soul.
My colleague Krista Tippett delivering Stanford University’s Heyns Lecture. The title of her speech: “The Adventure of Civility.”
Have to admit, I was a bit surprised to see the similarity in numbers between the Millennials and Gen X’ers and how they self-report on daily prayer while in their 20s: two out of five pray daily.
Dig this sign in the storefront of The School of Life. Check out our interview with its founder Alain de Botton. Too much good stuff to pass up.
Two revelers kiss each other covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos / Getty Images)