Conflict is inevitable; we have to get better skilled at handling it. How are we supposed to solve the big problems we face if we run away or can’t disagree without resorting to tantrums and tirades?
Using recognition and understanding to frame where others are coming from allows us to take a step back from the intensity of our own experiences, and allows us to appreciate the experiences of others.
Why is the conversation around reopening schools so contentious for educators? The answer is simple: their dignity is being violated.
Focusing on benefit of the doubt and fairness will prepare your community to have better conversations about current events as well as increase your community’s ability to manage discomfort when discussions make people uncomfortable.
There’s a small act we can all do to make us act and feel better: knowing the difference between talking behind someone’s back and venting. And then holding ourselves accountable to make sure our actions reflect our values.
There’s way too much group-think in the world. Let’s do something about it. Let’s be loyal to the higher cause of treating ourselves and others with dignity