Scottie Hart: Stop the hatin’ — start the healin’
Norris Burkes was right in his Jan. 20 editorial. Outraged pundits from the left and from the right sides of the political spectrum understand that getting us angry enough to “like” them is the sure road to ratings, income and influence.
As Burkes put it, “If you think these guys are about politics, you don’t understand the game.”
Most of us from the left and the right sides of the political spectrum have not noticed that outrage is like peeing your pants on a windy street — it feels good for a moment, but then … there are unintended consequences that make our lives worse instead of better. Every time I succumb to “holier-than-thou-ism” I damage the country I love, and often erode relationships I value.
However, I do take issue with Chaplain Burkes’ over the solution. He calls on “people of faith” to shift the tone. Good idea, but not good enough. How about if all of us pause to listen? Including me. Including you. Including the increasing number of folks who are not involved in religious pursuits?
What if we start listening today … without intending to rebut or persuade? What if we just listen to understand?
I’ll try. Will you?
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