Event: Overcoming Polarization
Roundtable hosted by: Pattee Brown
Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
December 12, 2012
Then, ask yourself ---
- What did these people say that affirmed my own values?;
- What hopes, dreams and frustrations of my own did they bring out in this round table discussion?
- What do I wish for next from these community leaders of good faith and intent?;
- What do I wish from other citizens who are not so prominently featured tonight?
- What do I wish from myself in order to bring this country and my community to its highest potential? In unity. Not divided.
No matter, arriving home not long before the inauguration, catching up on myself and the changes occurring, particularly all the excitement about the forthcoming inaugural events, the distance and the amount of time I was gone, prompted me to reflect on what this new president meant, now, to me and others too.
With all this going on, no doubt, given my many years as a researcher of psychological and sociological dynamics, my thoughts soon turned to wondering, not what this president would do for the United States, but what would the people of the United States do with having him in office.
- What do you wish for, next, from our national and community leaders of good faith and intent?;
- What do you wish for from other citizens who are not so prominently featured?
- What do you wish from yourself in order to bring this country and your community to its highest potential?
- I want to be exceptional in everything I say and do, especially in how I represent my integrity;
- I want that of our leaders too;
- I want that of you;
- I want you to care enough about you and me to work together with me and others to help us all be more and more fully who we are, at our best, and to contribute to those around us that we call community;
- I want us to work through our snags;
- I want us to find elegant solutions to problems, win win solutions, thinking outside the box solutions.
And, of course, participate in our study;