In this section I lay out my current point of view on causes, potential solutions and what success at addressing this challenge looks like. Point of View: > Background | Defining the Problem | Causes | Solutions | What is Success?

What does success look like?

There are many ways one might quantify progress in this area.  In my current view, the question of, “How do you know you’ve succeeded” is something that needs to be iterated upon as I learn more about the issue and contemplate it with those smarter & more experienced.
However, my current point of view is that in the abstract sense, there are certain behaviors we need to see more widely adopted in society, in this order of progression (meaning, if we only achieved #1, that would be a win. #2 would be a dream. #3, nirvana):
  1. Reduction in the degree to which we dismiss and demonize others simply because they have a different point of view.
  2. Increased curiosity about why others have a different point of view; an enthusiasm for wanting to understand.
  3. Increased support of the need for, and net benefit to all of us of, the existence of diverse viewpoints.

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Thoughts from across the aisle...

“Let’s calm it down. I understand we have differences; we always have had differences…. That doesn’t make someone a bad person…. If you demonize differences, it is like injecting cancer into the body politic. Where literally one cell starts to feed on the other cells. And at the end of the day, the election will be over, we’ll wake up, and we still have to live together as one country and one family and let’s bring down the heat because a lot of damage can be done.”

— Andrew Cuomo, Governor, NY, reacting to package bomb he received

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