I’m going to share a few links here that give me hope. With the Federal Government of the United States in a shutdown state, many people are feeling tension and the blame and name calling is at an all time high. I have yet to come across a situation where name calling led to anything good. So here, I offer some words by some very conscious people.
I came across most of this on facebook. A place that has allowed me to practice tolerance for differing views.
A question was put forth to Parker Palmer – founder and senior partner at The Center for Courage and Renewal and author of Healing The Heart of Democracy. The question was this: “Please let us know when you figure out how to talk to the teaparty.”
He welcomed the query and offered this: “Here’s a site where you can watch my friend Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org, in dialogue with Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots http://tinyurl.com/b527zbt. I’m involved in Joan’s “Living Room Conversations” project (click on the “People” tab on their home page to see my statement about it), and I highly recommend it as one way of responding to your implied question. Thanks again. But please, don’t wait for me to figure it out! We’re all in this together, and all of us working together are smarter than any one of us working alone—certainly smarter than I am!”
Although I only just came across the Living Room Conversations project, and I’m not in any way involved in it, and don’t yet know the participants, I wanted to write about it here to raise awareness. I personally believe in this process and I have seen how deep conversations can bring about peace, healing, and a connectedness beyond what any of us dreamed possible before sitting down in that field that is beyond right doing and wrong doing. I practice this with my neighbors, with my husband, with my children and with my co-workers. I know it works. It gives me hope.
I follow Parker Palmer on Facebook. You can check out his page here.