Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Finding the language to transcend the political divide.


Shalom to everyone. This most recent newspaper column I wrote hit the issue of how we deal with the tremendous political divide going on in our nation today. Can we adopt an ethos where we can speak with each other even when we have significant disagreement? This is especially relevant in our houses of worship.
Thanks for taking the time to read it. I want to hear your viewpoints.
And please please remember that we must satisfy the digital gods by clicking on the link I sent you. This is how we keep the column alive. Please feel free to forward it to your facebook page or to your friends.
Remember , "Click the Link."
Rabbi Bloom

1 comment:

katherine said...

I enjoyed this post! I was recently speaking with a colleague at work. We come from VERY different backgrounds, regionally, politically, and otherwise. Yet, we are able to discuss even hot topics without disagreement. Now I think our over-arching desire to remain friends keeps us in check, I do think this level of discourse "with disagreement" is possible on a broad scale.

When the hatred and violence seems all pervasive, I seek out and share good things I'm seeing and encourage others to do the same. There is an excellent Facebook-based TV series hosted by Mike Rowe called, "Returning the Favor," that offers ideas on how to find good people doing good things in their community. The community gets behind "the cause" and the fever to want to help a neighbor is viral.

We have got to be able to have discourse (if not about politics) then about humanity, respect, open-mindedness, civility. This should be instilled at home and from early age in school on up. It will be a slow cultural shift for sure.

I cannot remember who said the quote, "It happens if we it permit it to happen." That change in setting the tone for tolerance and acceptance starts at the individual level.