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.
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.
“Personal responsibility” forms the backbone of polarization in our country today. We all agree we need it. But we can’t actually agree on what it means.