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#WATWB: Building Bridges with Respect

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“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Abraham Lincoln

Better Angels is a “bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify (a) divided nation.” The organization builds alliances between people with very different beliefs. The goal is to reconnect through respectful communication. With the growing polarization in the US  (and perhaps other countries) we desperately need to listen with respect, listen to understand, and look for common ground. In the following video, we see people who are very different politically, yet they build bridges by listening with courage, respect, and patience.

(Note: There are some brief, unpleasant scenes starting 1 minute and 8 seconds into the video with ABC news showing the problem of polarization, so if you want to skip over that part, go to 1:48 to get back to the solution.)

It’s interesting that in a longer video I watched, the closing media commentary included the report that both sides blame the media for polarization of “hyper-partisanship.”

I appreciate this program because it shows we can do better. We can learn to communicate and listen with respect even when we strongly disagree.

 

To learn more about Better Angels, visit: https://www.better-angels.org/

#WATWB brings positive stories on the last Friday of every month.

Thank you to our hosts,  Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

24 thoughts on “#WATWB: Building Bridges with Respect

  1. This seems to be an intelligent and thoughtful way to tackle polarisation. I don’t like to demonise the media, being a freelance journalist myself (haha – don’t want to throw darts at our kind) but the media does play a big part. If they’re mindless and nasty, led astray by the big media houses they work for, thinking only about making a huge impact with a new, exciting and disgusting story that somehow titillates people’s interest, then they are part of the problem.
    Sorry, my comment is not positive, as the WATWB is. Glad that there are better angels. And we can all play our part in helping.

    • Thank you for your voice. I agree about the media. We need balance on what is covered and how it’s covered. That’s why I created my Good News Tuesday post. It’s hard to find good news, but good news happens all the time. What we focus on gets bigger.

  2. This is the kind of initiative we need in today’s day and age. Thanks for sharing about this lovely organization.

  3. This is just ❤ The collective energy they are generating, with respect and care, is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, JoAnna. Xx

  4. Many thanks for sharing JoAnna.. I agree with Jane.. While there is divide, more and more are understanding the need to co-operate with one another gets more done than arguing with one another.. Wishing you a peaceful weekend JoAnna.. ❤

  5. A great and much-needed initiative. I like the movement’s work of allowing its participants to come to an “accurate disagreement which can lead to mutual understanding.” It’s important to note that their goal is not to change minds, but rather to humanize the other.
    Thanks for sharing, JoAnna 🙂

  6. Oh JoAnna I feel for all the good people and it is true there is such polarisation now. Here in the U.K. Brexit and the referendum divided us. However I do feel there is a lot of stirring going on too. We have to resist demonising ordinary people and look at where our ‘facts’ are leading us to.

  7. a wonderful bringing
    of people together 🙂

  8. This gives me hope. We have to stop driving ourselves apart.

  9. I love this idea! It’s definitely possible to build bridges with everyone – so long as you respect both them and yourselves.
    Happy WATWB 🙂

  10. Every once in a while I see something that gives me hope for our country. This is one of those things. We have to learn to dwell on that which connects us, not which divides us. Great post JoAnna!

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