Listening, The First Act of the Citizen

I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all the people who are now choosing up sides for the upcoming onslaught of political campaigns, be suddenly measured, respectful, and discerning, but not cruel. I have friends on my FB page from "both sides" of the GPD (Great Political Divide). Just by reading the streams of the sarcastic, inaccurate, hyperbolic, derisive language, each stream a cumulative pile-on of the person(s) targeted, I myself feel hurt. This behavior is hurting us all. We The People can stop this behavior and engage, as good citizens, in a fair, logical conversation where we listen, find what we agree upon, work toward the best of both worlds, without all of this shaming language. --Marcia McReynolds, Listening Planet

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