Friday, November 13, 2009

Hope Is Not Enough (Cont.)

If we look with clear eyes at the past and our present, we can see what works and what does not. In the past many would argue that we were better at acting on our values and beliefs, and at being optimistic and confident about ourselves and the future of our country. Indeed, we may have been better at staying connected with family and friends in creating and supporting our communities. But today it is clear that we know better how to communicate effectively than past generations, although some would say that our seeming obsession with the internet and texting instead of face to face communication would suggest otherwise. We also know better how to manage strong feelings and emotions than in the past, despite the fact that politicians can still used fear to manipulate us. And we clearly today know better how to care for ourselves physically even when our waistlines and those of our children point to the reality that we are not practicing what we know

To be continued...
Ron Breazeale, Ph.D.
Author, Duct Tape Isn't Enough