This last election was . . . interesting.
I know there was a lot at stake. I mean, it was to decide the fate of the entire free world. That is bound to get someone a little upset.
My view has always been that if you are looking to the executive branch of the United States government to solve our problems, you are probably looking in the wrong place. Not just because I am hesitant of governmental solutions in general, but because our president just doesn’t have that kind of power.
And once he does, that will be the problem.
Watching the election and chatting with people online, it really seemed to me that the last fifteen years (give or take) of blogs and social media shouting out their inciteful (as opposed to insightful) commentary prepared us for this election. People don’t talk to each other. They talk past each other. They put each other in little boxes based on their politics or their religion or their dietary choices. They demonize each other.
They rarely communicate with each other.
And that’s why I was so excited when I stumbled across The Case for Civility by Os Guinness. I love Os anyway, but the premise of his book (that perhaps our greatest threat is the decline in civility!), resonates with me. Republics fall from within and we are set on a course to tear ourselves apart.
So I started a book discussion on facebook and would love if you would join us. The first discussion starts this Friday (January 6) with chapter one. Don’t worry if you can’t get the book by then. It is a pretty light chapter, mostly just outlining where he is going. Stop in, read the discussion and add your thoughts. We’d love to have you join us!
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