December 23, 2015

BW photograph of a rain-wetted railroad track and bridge reaching into the distance

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As 2015 draws to a close, given the state of affairs throughout the world, it would seem fitting to ask:  to where is humanity headed?

It is 60 degrees and pouring rain as this is being written.  The Climate Change deal has been brokered, and members of Congress are rumbling about its future should a Republican win the U.S. presidency next year.  It is worth noting that California has been in a drought for the past four years, and, on the other side of the planet, the Philippines has been hit by two typhoons in the recent months.  And then we have Paris. San Bernadino.  Syria.  ISIS.  The history of the Ku Klux Klan.  Baltimore.  Chicago. Cleveland.  Charleston.  Columbine.  New Town.  It would seem that there is more than enough fear, suspicion, and hatred that spreads around the globe.

This morning, The Diane Rehm Show broadcast a discussion that was entitled “A Conversation With Faith Leaders On Moral Leadership In Today’s Political Climate”-it is well worth a listen.  One of the main threads of the discussion was seeing people as “the other”.  From a sociological perspective, that means dividing people into groups: “us” and “them”.  The “us” are people who look, sound, believe, and think like “we” do.  The “them” are people who do not.  Once placed into that second category, people are then looked at as being a threat and as something to be feared.  Stereotyping, of course, drives a very large part of this.  Once that prejudice has been established, it is a very short trip to discrimination.  Those three concepts (stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination) are very much present in the political discourse as the run-up to the 2016 presidential election continues.

What to do about that?  Please listen to the program linked above.

Beyond the content, the other main reason to listen to the program is to hear how the panelists discuss these issues.  No one is shouting; no one is demeaning another.

Take care.




One Response to “Where?”

  1. That’s a very thought provoking post that everyone should think upon!
    Thank you for the post and the link to that talk.

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