An era of discontent…

From one side of the political coin, the complaints expelled are always angry, unhappy, and focused on everything involving current affairs. Misguided and terribly misinformed in many ways but, in that discontentment, is there any possibility that positive progress will ever be achieved?

The anger directed at law enforcement but not the criminals; that same emotion moves on to the legal citizens of our country but not the millions of migrants surging across our borders. Communities everywhere are slowly suffocating as they struggle to provide resources for this human invasion.

People with experience, knowledge and qualifications are marginalized but not those who are employed because of DEI. Of course, LBGTQ+ individuals aren’t treated with the same disdain as straight people. Why not a common ground of respect for all chosen paths in life?

In their almost quid-pro-quo fashion, anger is often directed at white and black people. Unless, of course, they vote for them. According to them, there is no border crisis, no inflation, no high crime, no foreign policy failure and everything is the fault of white supremacists, another political candidate and his followers.

Of course, wherever any of us stand on the political map, we all see things differently. There’s no need to remind anyone on the meaning of opinions. Living in a distorted world, with selective outrage, for a certain faction of our politicos, is a fragmented demonstration of the party they once were.

From the Writer’s Workshop: Write a post in exactly 13 sentences.

Engage wisely…

Each and every day, we come across issues which leave us wondering what causes people to think the way they do. Things that have a foothold on their beliefs along with what influences them, such as the news media, life’s troubles or simply the need to always disagree. Some enjoy the benefits of arguing, debating and possibly changing ones mind in the face of opposing evidence. Let’s face it, people aren’t always crazy or misguided, most come to their decisions from a different outlook or an experience. From where each of us stands on a particular subject, agreeing to disagree isn’t a bad thing but sometimes you just want to cut your losses and get out, fast!

In a world overflowing with diverse perspectives and individual experiences, finding common ground can be a challenging endeavour. The importance of agreement, however, lies not in suppressing differing opinions, but in fostering a collaborative environment where understanding and unity prevail. Not an easy task in present times, that’s for certain.

Imagine a world where disagreement reigns as the default mode of interaction. Visualize conversations tinged with constant discord, hindering progress, and stifling innovation. It becomes evident that agreement serves as the understructure of cooperation, enabling societies to build bridges between diverse thoughts and forge a path towards collective growth.

Agreement is not synonymous with blind conformity; rather, it involves a willingness to acknowledge and respect the validity of alternative viewpoints. When individuals default to agreement, they embrace the idea that each person’s perspective contributes to a richer tapestry of ideas. This mindset encourages open dialogue, fostering an atmosphere where people can learn from one another, broaden their horizons, and discover common ground.

Moreover, agreement facilitates the creation of strong social bonds. Shared values and mutual understanding combine to form the foundation of harmonious relationships, whether on a personal or societal level. In the absence of agreement, a fragmented and divisive landscape emerges, making it difficult for communities to thrive and individuals to connect on a deeper level.

Moving to agree does not focus on suppressing dissenting voices rather it focuses on the importance of finding commonalities before delving into differences. It’s about compromise and collaboration, where the collective good takes precedence over an individual ego. Agreeing encourages a shift from an adversarial mindset to, hopefully, one of cooperation, bringing empathy and a concerted effort to understand different perspectives. The importance of choosing some element of agreement as the starting point, perpetual disagreement is often overtaken by the strength of a harmonius interraction.

Let’s face it, when all is said and done, most of us like to avoid conflict, but it turns out that conflict and disagreement can be quite beneficial. Enjoy it but engage wisely.

From the Writer’s Workshop:
Write a post on the word agree.

Deep thoughts…

Not thinking about, or reacting to, most things in current times is an impossibility. At least for me and, of course, I think about this constantly.

Getting inside my head in search of the Off Switch is an exercise of futility, especially at three in the morning. It seems that each thought that I’ve done my best to compartmentalize allows me the same few hours of sleep before they start their nightly campaign to waken me. There’s no sense of order involved, not one predominant issue in the anxiety parade of nagging thoughts. They all come barrel-assing in at once.

We retire at night in anticipation of a restful few hours, not an easy task after watching the news, a movie or even reading a book. Sometimes, we carry the mental weight of work or personal matters with us to bed and any unpleasantries involved become unwelcome alarms in our sleep patterns. Each thought is part of us; conscious thoughts are controlled and unconscious ones may independently evaluate danger. This pretty much rules my sleep patterns, with a brain that’s focused on survival combined with a daily thought process which works endlessly to move past all that’s unpleasant.

My feeling is that thoughts are the consequence of what is and what has happened to us as well as the type of person we are. Our individual response to a given situation brings thoughts that are just some manifestation of our psyche and any specific situation which has taken place. Deep thoughts for some but not all. They’re just mine and I’m sticking to them.

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