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Old 04-23-2016, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Conservatives Need Liberals and Vice Versa

Something for the collective YaHooka consideration.....

I was riding home after work today and this came on just as I got into the car just as this program came on. Listened all the way home, then came home, rushed to take off my work boots and then sat on the porch, with a beer, listening to this for the rest of the hour.

It brought up a lot of points in my own thinking to consider, while also affirming other aspects of it.

Beyond Tolerance


I thought what a better place to share this than YaHooka!
It's definitely worth your listen as it covers a lot of third rail topics.


In the spirit of the thread talking about peace, what peace is and actively striving for it.... I present this link.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I remember in High School, 10th or 11th grade, there was a club or group, socially minded I guess you'd say, who put on a "Tolerance Week".

It was well intentioned enough....

But the climax moment arrived during an assembly where they passed around slip of paper, asking us to sign a "Tolerance Pledge".
It asked us to promise a lot of things...... things I wouldn't do or say anymore (regardless whether I had or not)
but importantly it asked us to do these things in the light of Tolerance.

It's an ah-ha I remember well... and perhaps the start of a road of realization for myself.

Very uncharacteristic for myself at the time.... neither being the outspoken against or the perpetrator of ridiculing people....
I refused to sign the pledge.

Some scolded me for this thing and somewhere from the depths of myself, not yet known to me,
I told them about how I thought tolerance what a cop-out. That we should be actively working to accept people for who they are,
and trying to figure a best way forward based on that, instead of "dealing with" how other people are.

No one protested much upon hearing that.




I realize that I AM outspoken and do state my opinions much...
I definitely believe what I'm saying it when I say it.
Some has evolved, some has solidified.

I'm sure I've been put into a box, no doubt.

But I'd like to say...
That I give what you all share hearty consideration,
enjoying and suffering many reads and videos...

And to let you know, that over the years,
YaHooka has been a good checks and balances, in that process.

Some of you have been the voices in my head more than others.
I thank you for helping the shaping of my thinking and being,
whether I have agreed with you or not.


I however, more often that not, do a WHOLE lot more than tolerate your words.


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I'm a bit in, I enjoy the part where the woman recommends the personal connection as the strongest way to bridge the divide to "the other." How that when we learn more about another person, through curiosity, their lives become relatable and in some way a part of us and our knowledge as well.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can think of so many instances where that is true.

From people who have A gay uncle... that are fine with homosexuality, to small-towners who travel.... who see a race, religion or region in a new way, to ballet initiative campaigns for things like abortion and same sex marriage..... that turn tides.

These examples go both ways.

One personal connection can change big ideas and beliefs....

How many more small day to day affirmations/assumptions/aversions can be shifted?
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