For the sake of our collective future, we need to be able to do more than one thing at a time. We have to be able to see things from multiple perspectives, and hold sometimes seemingly contradictory ideas in productive tension as we make our choices in a pluralistic, democratic system.
Tradition and Innovation.
Independence and Community.
Reason and Intuition.
Conservative and Liberal.
Our goal is not to defeat one side and cling to the other. Our goal is to maintain a balance between these, and to let the discomfort propel us to evolve and develop the unique solutions required for the enormous range of challenges we face as a species.
This is *essential* to our survival and to making real, lasting progress.
Seeking perspectives that make us uncomfortable is an important part of this process. And I know it’s a hard sell to ask people to seek out discomfort, but the reward for doing so is great.
When we work on problems from a place of balance, we are able to solve them for the greatest number of people. We ensure progress is lasting because we have a majority buy-in.
It can start by sitting down with someone who looks, prays, votes or works differently than we do and just listening.
We can all do that, right?