We need more Dharma and less Drama in our Politics.
We don’t need to be partisan. And yet, based on facts, we can hold a strong, passionate, yet open-minded-to-new-facts point of view—particularly one based on empathy and protecting the rights of the truly-oppressed minority. ~ ed.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.” ~ Elie Wiesel
For those of us not getting our media via instagram, facebook and twitter…we’re seeing a better Beto, for example, than, well, twitter, instagram, and facebook-fed Media-reading fellow citizens.
Now for round 2, tonight.
All videos I shared on my instagram are here, if you click:
For those of you who love your Twitter:
I’m sure you may share and follow wonderful stuff—and that’s a testament to your integrity. But by-and-large twitter is the land of witty trumped-up soapboxing insults and drama-loving, not depth–it’s literally defined by sound bites. Its effect on politics, and discourse, has been acerbic and regrettable.
There are thoughtful and effective exceptions, of course.
One thing I’m noticing today in coverage of the first Democratic debate is that many in media feel various Democratic challengers did good work for themselves by rudely yelling over Beto O’Rourke during his allotted time to answer questions while average voters saw it differently
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 27, 2019
I think I feel somewhat hopeless, or defeated, not finally, but with where things are going. Everyone judged the debate, last night, for example, on how aggressive someone is–as if we want another Trump, only Democratic. Aggression isn’t something we need more of.