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NATION: How are we to heal our society?

Letter by Jim R. Friedman, Gig Harbor on Jan. 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | 25 Comments »
January 26, 2011 3:03 pm

Over the last decade or so, we collectively have gotten stuck in emotionally reacting to what we hear and have stopped thinking. We have generously consumed the emotions of fear, anger and animosity. As we continue this consumption we have exhibited more violence, drug and alcohol misuse, and alienation from each other.

The state of our union is in shatters. Our nation’s financial health is on life support. We easily blame and point fingers at who caused this: big business, conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, foreigners. Just mentioning these may stir our emotions. And then we re-feed our own emotional negativeness and separatism.

How are we to heal our nation, our society, ourselves? What reunifies us as a people? It seems to take a tragedy like the shooting in Tucson or 9/11. Only then are we “rebooted” to being human beings that want to unite and work together.

We need to reclaim our civility, our humanness, and hold our leaders to working together for this better good. Then we begin the work of healing our nation and its citizenry.

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