I wrote a personal essay a few months ago about the toxicity of the confrontation-style of politics in America today, and the need for balance in our lives and positivity in our civic engagement. I wrote then about the negative consequences of being consumed by the political fight. I’ve been thinking a lot about that topic again today, in the wake of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Virginia assailant appears to have been an extreme case of someone who was totally emotionally consumed by the political fighting. He was so wrapped up in it that he slipped the bounds of reality into a clear state of insanity. While his is an extreme case, his story holds a lesson for us all.
It’s time to end the nasty “us versus them” confrontation-style political engagement that has become the norm in our country. It’s not good for our country, and it’s not good for us as individuals. Let’s focus our efforts on positive forms civic engagement to make our communities and country better. Let’s come together and help each other and help our country.
We are all Americans.
I’m not going to go on and on here, but I hope you’ll check out the links below to pieces I’ve written in the last few months on this subject.
Striking a Positive Balance: Political Self-Help in the Age of Trump – The Daily Beast (A similar draft is also posted on Medium with photos…including one of President Trump and me.)
It’s Time for More Positive Civic Engagement – HuffPost
Thanks for reading. Be kind to each other.