Political Discussion and Active Listening

I know I have focused a lot on the presidential primaries and caucuses over the past few months. There is also so other elections happening as well that can affect our country happening this year on the national and state level, we cannot forget about these. As November 8 approaches we all must be diligent in looking at these candidates. These people can be bought off by the big money interests that have been hindering our democratic process. These races include governorships, state and federal senate seats. If we elect those who can be bought in any office this is a bad thing for the states and country as a whole.

So remember the closer we get to November 8 let us all do our research on the people running for these seats and share the information on all sides not just the GOP or the Democrats. There are other parties out there as well Like the Green party, independents and Libertarians. We need to start including more parties in these processes in order for us to make any progress in this country. When we encourage healthy debate, this means setting aside our own Bias and actually listening to one another and using critical thinking skills, this country can become a true world leader with standards and ethics that others can follow once more.

REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW AND WHEN IT COMES TO DISCUSSING THESE WE MUST MAKE SURE TO UNDERSTAND THE DETAILS OF WHAT OTHERS ARE EXPRESSING. Here are a few steps to help us all understand one another.

  1. Know yourself, this means know your bias and set these aside when talking about these issues.
  2. Actively listen, make contact and show the other person respect by making sure you clarify how you understand what they are saying. This can be done by Paraphrasing (putting what the other person is say in your own words) this way if you are not understanding them they can can find a better way of expressing their view.
  3. While the other person is speaking DO NOT be trying to come up with a counter point in your head. When we do this we are not actually listening we are hearing. The difference is listening is an active process while, hearing is passive. I remember a quote from Jimi Hendrix and I am paraphrasing here Listen to the music do not just hear the music. When all we do is hear the music you miss the message.

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PERFECTION FOR THIS IS TERM IS COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE EVERYONE. ALL WE CAN DO IS MAKE OURSELVES BETTER AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF MAKING THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL, NOT JUST FOR A FEW BUT FOR THE MAJORITY.

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