Yesterday the Electoral College confirmed Trump as President elect of the United States. During these times I look at the rancor and divisiveness of the union of the States and the people and am reminded of John Carr and his words on Catholic Social Teaching.
John Carr has said, “The most important word in Catholic Social thought is AND”
So it is:
Protect Human Life AND Dignity
Promote Human Rights AND Responsibility
Family/Community AND the Individual
Solidarity AND Subsidiarity
Dignity of Work AND Rights of Workers
Care for the Planet AND People on the Planet
Market AND Government Policy
If we wish for an inclusive world/life we need to include more AND
Perhaps there is a way forward when we acknowledge the others truths without devaluing our own. When others feel heard they are more open to “other” which is a step forward. Get Pocket had some good examples of how to move from ineffective confrontation to real conversation in an article that I read today. For more on that, including some background on why America is divided I suggest a TED talk by Jonathan Haight called, “Can a divided America heal?