Steve McIntosh’s new video, “How to Overcome Polarization in 5-Minutes,” explains how an understanding of the dynamic behavior of “value polarities” can help ameliorate hyper-partisan political polarization. As we weather this pandemic, social solidarity is crucial. And one way to shore up our solidarity is by taking a new perspective on polarization, which this video offers.
Our hope is that one potentially positive outcome of the pandemic is that it may result in a 9/11-style pause in America’s political animosity—a temporary reprieve that could provide an opening for a more integrated political perspective to gain traction.
This is the second video in Steve’s “5-minute” YouTube series. Here’s the link to the first 5-minute video in the series: “Developmental Politics Simplified in 5-Minutes.”
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Polarity #4 is MERCY & JUSTICE. Mercy for the individual becomes unjust without concern for the good of the whole. And to be truly virtuous, justice must be balanced with care for each person.
Polarity #3 is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. One without the other can become problematic. But when both of these are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.
Polarity #2 is REAL & IDEAL. Each pole needs the other. Realism alone can lead to a cynical acceptance of a dysfunctional status quo. And unrealistic idealism can result in ineffectual wishful thinking. But through mutual co-correction they can fortify our power to improve things
In this new article by Carter Phipps, he asks where 50 years of "I'll do me and you do you" has gotten us.
This tweet is the first in a series of our favorite positive-positive interdependent polarities: LIBERTY & EQUALITY. These two values need each other to maximize their value creating capacity. Through a dynamic relationship of challenge and support, each pole trues-up the other.