The radical change agent today does not waste time opposing Trump and his supporters. She just ignores them whenever possible.
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Tribalism is not a failed system. It’s just a limited system, one that is healthy and helpful to an extent and dangerous when taken to the extreme.
We need to see that humanity is deeply beautiful, imaginative, loving, and capable of incredible transformation and action in the face of climate change.
If I truly am committed to change, being a change agent, and all that comes with that, I simply can’t give in to despair and numbing.
Donald Trump has now made pretending impossible.
If we truly valued diversity and inclusion, then we would have a preference for accepting and welcoming conflicting viewpoints We would welcome those who hold opposing beliefs as neighbors and assume they have good intentions. But we don’t.
If by some miracle, I did hone my talents to somehow approximate Wallace’s genius, my mind would still come up with another reason to not do the work, to not put myself out there, to stay safe, small.
The only necessary ingredient of your mindfulness practice is you take yourself out of the need to be productive. Take yourself out of your thoughts.
We can develop all the technologies we want. But if our motivations, beliefs, and ways of perceiving the world stay stagnant, we’ll still be the same.
You are going to f*ck up.
Being truly kind is about making service to others more important than being liked.
We are seeing another polarization within a polarization featuring all the same dynamics we’ve come to see between the American left and right: contempt, ridicule, purity tests, an assumption of bad intentions, and blame.
The work is not in convincing those who don’t think like us to think differently. The work is in encouraging those who do to step up and act.
What necessary questions have not been asked here as both sides hurl their insults at one another?
What if not only are both compassion and consequences absolutely necessary for a functioning society, but they actually reinforce another?
If you’re getting a reaction, your message is having a resonance. That is what you want.
How will we want future generations to remember us? Will we want to be defined by our most evil behaviors whose evils, for whatever reason, we couldn’t fully see?
Whether or not we can see change, see progress, see our destination, has no bearing on whether we are actually making meaningful progress.
Let’s not discount the profound transformation that takes place when we see simply the world differently, when we work from a new and more intentional set of beliefs and mental models.
The next stage in our evolution will always appear unwise and foolish in the eyes of those who have come before.
Optimism and positivity are powerful and positive forces in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without that perspective. But more and more, I wonder if I use them to avoid, deflect, and repress sadness.
It’s up to us to define what it means to be human and to demonstrate that in action.
What is most likely to inspire widespread, fundamental, profound change in ourselves and our society: having more information or thinking differently?
The data in the report actually show that, like nearly every year in the recent memory, humanity as a whole has advanced substantially with regard to social progress. The global score in 2015 it was 61.00, in 2016 it was 62.88, in 2017 it was 64.85.
Polarization does not necessitate that we get ugly and demeaning to one another. It simply means that we are aware of a growing divide in our core values. This can be done with grace, kindness, and sensitivity.