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Finding Common Ground

Dec 02, 2020

 Video Blog Summary:

Two friends and I were doing a healing meditation to send energy for people to unify after the election.

Shortly after we started to meditate, an idea came to me to send energy for people to unify by understanding each other’s perspectives. And then I immediately heard a voice that said, “That never works.”

OK... I realized that understanding perspectives quickly gets into our way of seeing things that involve our social and political views. It made sense to me that this would be challenging to pull off.

Soon another idea came to me suggesting it would be much more effective to appeal to the values and dreams we have in common. The example I thought of was that most of us want the world to be a better place for our children.

And then I heard the lyrics, “The Russians love their children too,” from an old song by Sting. This seemed to confirm that this time I was on the right track.

Of course, we may vastly disagree on how to make the world a better place for our children. Some may focus on global warming while others may focus on reclaiming some old school values. But hopefully, we could realize that we all want these things for some similar reasons.

So I figure when interacting with someone who has a significantly different world view we do, we could find some common ground of what we actually agree with. So instead of reacting to our vastly different views, we could ask why this person is taking the stance that they are.

And then follow it down until we find a common value of wanting a better world or whatever else. That is, we could find some common ground that we can stand on together.

Check out the above video blog where I flesh this out in further detail.

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