Polarity number two is REAL & IDEAL. While this pair may at first seem prosaic or obvious, it is highly useful and applicable to many life situations. Without the moderation and challenge of the other, each of these poles can be problematic. Realism without idealism can lead to a cynical acceptance of a dysfunctional status quo. And conversely, idealism that is unrealistic can result in ineffectual wishful thinking. But when these two poles become mutually co-correcting, they can increase our power to improve things.
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The core insight of the developmental approach to politics is that what most see as a flatland battle of political ideologies is better explained as a three dimensional interdependent ecosystem of cultural worldviews emerging in a dialectical relationship with each other.
In this excellent article, Katherine Epstein gets the diagnosis right, but the prescription wrong:
Ralph Waldo Emerson on the polarity of Conservatism (Preserve what's right) and Progressivism (Fix what's wrong):
5. Implement “backpack funding” to honor the preferences of chronically homeless people.
To find out more, read the full issue position here:
4. Strike a “grand bargain” between local communities and service resistant chronically homeless people.