Where Will You Come Down?

My response to the blog column of Jay Bookman, posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 Link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/04/20/opinion-the-iran-nuke-deal-and-the-obamacare-conundrum/

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MaryElizabethSings:

“The differences in the minds and spirits of Barack Obama and Donald Trump, in a nutshell.

Better open your eyes, fast, Republicans, and choose to vote with Democrats in the next elections in order to revitalize our floundering republic.

Read Elizabeth Warren’s latest book about Fighting the Good Fight to revitalize America’s fading Middle Class. All of these decisions are interconnected to two very different world views, from which we must, individually, choose.

We have a polarization of two worldviews, here. One is male-dominated and misogynistic, and one is egalitarian. Where will you come down? Dominating the world to gain respect, or communicating with the world to our mutual benefit?”

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On May 24, 2017, I wrote the following words in response to the entry on Maureen Downey’s blog “Get Schooled”: (Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/05/24/school-awards-should-not-treat-student-differences-or-struggles-as-punchlines/ )

“I remember well when Americans were not as cynical as they are today, which is reflected in rudeness and mockery instead of wisdom among citizens.

This negative style eventually filters down into our classrooms (and blogs) as an accepted way of communicating.

As an educator, I can never accept that type of mockery, which is bullying, as normal.

I pray that God will give each of us the grace to see what we are doing to our young with this cynicism and to seek the wisdom of communion WITH others, more than ‘winning’ OVER others through mockery.”

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One Response to Where Will You Come Down?

  1. Communicating with the world to our mutual benefit is definitely much better than dominating the world to gain the sort of respect that dominating gains. But voting for one major party or the other is not normally the best way to achieve this.

    Under extreme circumstances, it may be appropriate to vote for one major party as a way of voting against the other candidate. I voted anti-Trump in 2016 and may do so again in 2020. Normally I vote Libertarian on the idea that sending a message that may help nudge things in a better direction for the future is a better use for my vote that choosing between two undesirables.

    But the message people really need to get is on a deeper level than politics. For a good statement of this message, I recommend Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness, especially the first chapter, The Objectivist Ethics.

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