Elizabeth Lesser in the video below opens with the idea of synthesizing the political and the spiritual which I really like and then she goes on to talk about another very important issue being the need to stop “otherizing” human beings who may not think just like us.
The description talks about politics, but this is something that happens with religion and other issues that people are passionate about as well.
From the video printed at youtube:
There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.
Take “the Other” to lunch — this might be something one might do as a New Years resolution of sorts. I try to carry out this practice in my daily life in general. Not just for special luncheon occasions. Though certainly the challenge there is even greater.
By Elizabeth Lesser: