My Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds have been taken over by an increasingly acebic conversation between fans and critics of pretty much anything that is released by the entertainment industry these days. And the more the media in question pushes the boundaries, the sharper the words that are used. With the upcoming release of the… Read More Regaining the Lost Art of Conversation: A Vital Component to Building a Better World
A friend of mine who is from a specific part of the world decided recently to organize a get together only for people from that area, kind of like a missing-home get together. I thought it was a great idea, until another friend of mine, from another part of the world, pointed out that it… Read More Perceiving Disunity: Just as Dangerous as Disunity Itself?
I recently posted reflections about the importance of learning the skills related to consultation in the context of a family, so that we can apply said skills in the context of society. The world is becoming smaller and smaller through increasingly efficient travel and exchange of information. This means two things: different people end up… Read More Unity Amidst Increasing Diversity in Smaller and Smaller Spaces: The Vital Importance of Respect
I often write about the importance of building communities in which inhabitants discuss, understand, and appreciate each other’s beliefs, however different they may be (here, here, and here). The touchier the topic, the clearer the need for an increasing number of people to develop these capacities, lest any attempts at a conversation on said matter… Read More Learning to Live with Diversity: Accepting Modesty in an Era of Everything But
My Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds have been taken over by an increasingly acerbic conversation between fans and critics of the newly released 50 Shades of Grey movie and the book that inspired it. With the best of intentions, a critic of the movie could share a long list of reasons why it’s unhealthy—such as… Read More 50 Shades of Shaming: Regaining the Lost Art of Conversation
As a self-professed, proud nerd, I find it thrilling how understanding constantly evolves. This means that there is always something more to learn! A friend and I had a wonderful moment last week when we felt our brains expand a little bit more around our newfound understanding of the meaning of community. We were discussing… Read More Out of Our Silos: Becoming a Community