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Ripples #961: Find The Bridge!

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Ripples #961: Find The Bridge!
Oct 23, 2017

PEBBLE
It’s when you try to find the bridge where two people can meet that I learn the most about the people around me.
-James Altucher
shared by Donna in Owings, MD

BOULDER
To me the really defining question of our humanity and of our civil society right now is not can we agree. That’s kind of idealistic, and it’s not helping us. It’s more about how can we live together while we disagree about these things that are so personal. This requires much more of us spiritually and practically than the illusion that we’ll force agreement.
—Krista Tippett, “Talking with the Other Side”
shared by Maureen in Winona, MN

PONDER
This week I presented at the 2017 GABLE Conference, an annual event coordinated by Procter & Gamble that gathers LGBT+ employees along with allies and external partners for a day of support and growth. We spent some time reviewing the Riddle Scale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riddle_scale) that identifies eight ascending levels of support: repulsion, pity, tolerance, acceptance, support, admiration, appreciation, and nurturance. While Dr. Dorothy Riddle created this scale based on research of attitudes towards gays and lesbians, I find it useful to consider its broader implications for assessing levels of support for other marginalized groups.

I’m both proud and humbled by the fact that readers of these weekly splashes represent a diverse array of political, religious, and philosophical perspectives. And I am immensely grateful that most of you are well beyond merely ACCEPTING or begrudgingly TOLERATING these differences, and instead see them as something valuable to APPRECIATE and perhaps even NURTURE. It has been my fervent hope for the last 18 years that these emails could serve as not only a consistent source of inspiration, but also strengthen our bonds of commonality while they build bridges between our differences.

Many of you have let me know that you value the resource links I sometimes share, so here is a YouTube Playlist I created for GABLE to explore: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLecRxAeiYrM6kxPIl4H2bmk_UG3U7_rpc In particular, I think Heineken’s “World’s Apart” https://youtu.be/8wYXw4K0A3g and TV2 Denmark’s “All That We Share” https://youtu.be/jD8tjhVO1Tc might help you extend your curiosity to Find The Bridge between you and those who experience the world differently than you do.

Peace,
Paul
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Ripples #825: Openness.

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Ripples #825: Openness.
Mar 16, 2015

PEBBLE
Openness may not completely disarm prejudice,
but it’s a good place to start.
-Jason Collins, shared by Danielle in Jacksonville, FL

BOULDER
Embrace the faith that every challenge surmounted by your energy; every problem solved by your wisdom; every soul stirred by your passion; and every barrier to justice brought down by your determination will ennoble your own life, inspire others, serve your country, and explode outward the boundaries of what is achievable on this earth. -Madeleine Albright

PONDER
You may have heard in the news this week about several examples of extreme unkindness: hurtful chants from a busload of college students, acts of extreme violence against individuals and groups both here and abroad, and the ongoing and fiercely stubborn resistance against our society’s ever-evolving attempts to include those who have historically been excluded. It is tempting, and understandable, to become disheartened and discouraged when it seems like things are getting worse instead of better.

It is important to remember that while we have a long way to go in completely eliminating oppression and inequality, there is lots of evidence that we’ve come a long way and that we continue to take important steps in making the world safer and more inviting for people to bring their best selves to work, school, and life.

I believe a really useful next step would be for each us to be more open in identifying our own limitations, concerns, and fears; and also creating safe spaces for others to do the same. This would allow us to improve our individual efforts at reducing oppression and expanding inclusiveness, and will pave the way for sustained improvements in how our organizations and communities value difference.

I hope you can spend some time talking about this with people around you this week; classrooms, staff meetings, and/or family discussions. Talking isn’t sufficient, but being open with ourselves and those around us is a necessary first step to making the world better for us all.

Namasté,
Paul
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