Running away may be one of our natural, instinctive responses…but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one, a smart one, or a virtuous one.
The story we Americans like to tell ourselves about our country is pretty much designed to make us feel anxious about the present, and the future.
It isn’t just about your psychology. It’s about your place in society.
Even if all we have to deal with is minor discomforts, inconveniences, or sacrifices…our tendency is still to treat it as if it’s a major imposition.
Progress is hard because anyone who wants to do good has to wade into this ideological mess, and somehow keep their integrity.
It’s not a coincidence that we have a two-party system that urges us to channel all of our anger and frustration against the people in the other party.
Fighters gravitate toward scapegoating because it gives them a clear enemy. But it’s convenient for people who are apathetic, cynical, or despairing too.
We need to look at the underlying system that causes people to act a certain way, instead of rushing to judgments about their character.
The reason that open-mindedness and humility are so rare is because we live in an era when all the forces are pushing us away from those traits.