We talk a lot about how we talk to other people around the holidays. Today, I want to talk about how we listen… to ourselves.
If I’ve learned anything working with elected officials to bridge our toughest divides, it’s that they are just as tired of the toxicity as we are, if not more. And that no matter how powerful they seem, they can’t change the game on their own. They need us to stand up and say we’re with them.
Does engaging bad ideas across the divide make you a bad person? Tune in for some real talk on tough questions with renowned psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt.
This piece headed the Braver Angels Weekend Newsletter for July 17th, 2022.
Read Monica Guzman on her new book, “I Never Thought of It That Way”
It is so much easier to talk about people who disagree with us than with them. But there’s no other way when we’re this polarized, I’ve realized, to let our real perspectives check, challenge, and enrich one another. Nor is there any other way to look past our perspectives to the experiences and values that shaped them — the paths different people walk to their views.
Get to know BA coordinator for Virginia Jamie McReynolds!
According to YOU
I’ve got to tell you this story I just heard last week. It comes from our community and it’s about condescension.
Welcome to Helping Loved Ones Divided By Politics (HLO), a groundbreaking new Braver Angels program that goes further than ever to help real relatives through real political struggles—all in real time.
Get to know Braver Angels North Carolina co-coordinator Rich Midkiff.
“There’s so much talk at Braver Angels about red and blue as if there’s just two sides to the conversation,” Barbara said. “But the problem of polarization affects everybody.”
Braver Angels cofounder delivered testimony on how to depolarize Congress. And Congress listened.
Get to know Braver Angels intern Makayla Higgs.
With “Walk A Mile In My News,” liberals and conservatives break out of their media silos by reading articles across the political divide and getting to know someone who appreciates them. Are you brave enough to try this Braver Angels workshop?
We know that information is important. But we almost never ask what it’s important for. We don’t bother because it’s obvious. Information is for knowing things. And knowing things is …