September 22, 2009

Friends Don't Let Friends Be Responsible?

Regarding a recent WSJ article, Friends Don't Let Friends Bring Up Health Care by Elizabeth Bernstein, the author highlights numerous situations where disagreements on Health Care reform have gotten ugly. Evidence is not lacking. Some situations resulted in fights and name-callings among friends and family. People in other situations have taken the "prudent" approach of avoiding the discussion all together. On that point, isn't there an unwritten rule not to discuss religion and politics?

Now, the unfortunate thing is that citizens absolutely need to be discussing religion and politics. Successful and effective democracy is dependent upon healthy conversations. In order to survive them, citizens need to be okay with being wrong. By having engaging dialogs, citizens can empower themselves and the country. Learning something new and seeing things from a different perspective are what we need most. Essentially, ignoring the discussion is as bad as yelling through it (and arguably worse).

September 18, 2009

Treat us fair

"Fair! Treat us fair! Share the road," the bicycle riders cry.

And then, I see two bikers in yellow jerseys ride through an intersection without considering the stop sign. This is not the first time I have seen that. "Fair" works both ways.

I realize that the two yellow jersey riders were likely not the same people who made the statement of "fairness"; however, they are part of the same group. I would also be willing to bet they support the belief. That group, like any group, speaks with the actions of its members. Through their actions, they are undermining the efforts of their fellow group members. Where is the respect?

Regular law or not, perhaps before blazing through that intersection, they should have considered the word "stop". Then, they could have taken that second to consider the word "fair".

September 5, 2009

Integrity embedded within actions

I have said before that actions, not words, testify who we are. Example: getting BBQ. Recently, I was in a BBQ restaurant. This man was explaining the virtues of healthy eating to an older couple. You guessed it, I could not help but notice that he ate his fatty beef and butter-laden sides. Neither of the older ladies said much during his long "lecture" on reading of nutrition labels, actual salt versus sugar intake, calories, the importance of exercise… I just hope that he had a big workout later that day like I did; of course, note that I am not immune from any criticism, since I was obviously there eating the same types of food.