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Why It’s a Bad Idea for Liberals or Conservatives to Monopolize Power

Liberals and conservatives would each like to control the three branches of the federal government, and if they could, state and local governments. However, such political domination would be unhealthy for the political process and our nation as a whole.

We know that it was a bad idea when kings ruled with absolute authority; it’s a bad idea for one company to monopolize an industry. So, why then, do so many people think that it is a good idea for their political persuasion to control the decision making process of this country?

This article addresses the more polar ends of the political spectrum, which seek control of government, and not so much the moderate views, which are more willing to share power and compromise. While many people in this country consider themselves as moderates, the two extremes have been the most outspoken and controlling of government. Read More…

Common Ground Revisited: Ways to Summon More Common Ground

Since the founding of our nation, both liberals and conservatives have sought to find common ground in an attempt to better understand one another, resolve difficulties and reach effective compromises.

Some attempts have achieved relative success, while others have not. What is this common ground, anyways? Why is it so important to identify? And when it has been identified, is it enough to mend the great divide that exists between the two sides?

At present, with both sides so divided, it would seem that very little common ground exists. However, there is more common ground than we might think. All we have to do is find the will to summon it.

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Lessons Between Liberals and Conservatives

The article, “Lessons Between Individuals” discusses how each one of us tends to attract certain people into our worlds, who can teach us particular things about ourselves. These people may not know that they are teaching us. The lesson is more encoded in the overall experience and interaction itself. Unbeknownst to us, we usually have something to teach them as well.

These lessons help us to identify, confront and release those fixed judgments or beliefs, which are unhealthy and haven’t served us well. They are like ultimatums we acquired in childhood, which we still carry around today. Such beliefs are reinforced by underlying charged emotions. These fixed beliefs and underlying emotions make up part of what is referred to as the shadow self, which almost everyone possesses. Read More…

Lessons Between Individuals

What are Lessons?

Often times, we attract certain people into our worlds, who can teach us particular things about ourselves. These people may not know that they are teaching us. The lesson is more encoded in the overall experience and interaction itself. Unbeknownst to us, we usually have something to teach them as well.

These lessons help us to identify, confront and release those fixed judgments or beliefs, which are unhealthy and haven’t served us well. They are like ultimatums we acquired in childhood, which we still carry around today. Such beliefs are reinforced by underlying charged emotions. These fixed beliefs and underlying emotions make up part of what is referred to as the shadow self, which almost everyone possesses.

When we break free of our fixed beliefs and replace them with more flexible, user-friendly beliefs, we can make more enlightened choices. Read More…

Breaking Free of Our Fixed Political Mindsets

The Fixed Mindset within the Individual

Often times, we attract certain people who can teach us something about ourselves. They may not know that they are teaching us. The lesson is more encoded in the overall experience and interaction itself. Usually, we have something to teach them as well.

These lessons help us to identify and confront our fixed judgments or mindsets, which are empowered and held captive by underlying charged emotions, formed in childhood. These fixed judgements and charged  emotions make up part of what is referred to as Shadow Self, which each person possesses. First coined by Carl Jung, the Shadow Self refers to that part of each one of use which remains hidden, and which we would rather not acknowledge or deal with. On the other hand, the lessons allow us the opportunity to see aspects of our Shadow Self and diffuse the emotional charge, thereby releasing us of the judgments. We become liberated from the fixed perspective and free to explore new options. Read More…

The New Town Hall

Traditional Town Halls

A traditional town hall is an informal public meeting, usually held in a public space. Everybody in the community is invited to attend and participate. Typically, elected public officials host such meetings to discuss community issues, face to face with the local town’s people, who have an opportunity to add to the discussion.

A private organization, such a school, civic group, non-profit group, or even the media, also host town halls, from time to time. Such gatherings usually consist of a moderator, the audience, and one or more guest speakers. Speakers are usually public officials or experts in areas related to the topic of the meeting.

In the 20th century, town halls could broadcast over radio and television, which created a much larger audience. However, the viewers could only observe; they did not have the means to participate in the group discussion. Read More…

The Upside Down Technique

Have you had this experience? You express your view on a political issue, but find that the other person misunderstands what you just said. How frustrating is that. You may repeat the message to that person again and even find different ways of saying it, but to no avail.  For some reason, the person still does not understand what you say. We have also been guilty of misinterpreting other people’s messages, too. In fact, such misunderstandings are commonplace, whether in simple exchanges by the water cooler or complex discussions in the halls of government.

When policy makers don’t understand what the other side’s views are really about, how can they work together toward effective solutions? Read More…