Well, I did it. I fulfilled my New Year’s Resolution for 2017 and blogged at least twice a week for the entire year. I learned a lot about Tolerance, and hope that you may have, too.
It appears that these blogs have been viewed about 10,000 times, or about 70 times per blog. I have heard from several readers – thank you for the encouragement!
Lately, however, I’ve been reflecting on who has been reading my musings. It appears, for the most part, that you have been sympathetic to thoughts on tolerance in the areas of race, religion, sexual preference, gender, etc. I have not heard from anyone who has been critical of Tolerance, or any of the blog posts that I have published.
So, while I am humbled and grateful to those who have read and even more so those who have given me feedback, I wonder how much I have been “preaching to the choir.”
It seems to me that what our society needs now to address the issues of Tolerance and civility is a conversation among people who hold different viewpoints. It seems that, at least in the discussion of politics and policy, we have devolved into talking AT (maybe, shouting at) each other instead of having a fruitful conversation where we consider another’s point of view and honestly examine our own beliefs to see if we have something new to learn – something we had not considered before.
This is the last post in Tolerance 2017. Time to try to reach out to folks who don’t think like me to see if I can learn something new.
So, my Resolution for 2018: Become a moderator of groups of “red” and “blue” citizens to start the conversation.
I’m signed up for moderator training through Better Angels in February. I hope to be able to team up with another moderator for conversations in rural Minnesota.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of Better Angels, see the website in the footnote below. If you’re interested in helping convene a conversation in your community, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll try to put you in touch with folks from Better Angels.
Happy New Year! 2018 has the prospect of being a good year for America, if we pledge to engage our fellow citizens in good faith, with respect and – dare I say? – Tolerance.