Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Real Reason Why Joe and Kanye and Serena Won't Apologize

The climate of anger and divisiveness that comes along with an historically huge bear market is manifesting daily before our eyes.

Why Joe (and Kanye and Serena) Won't Apologize
by Brad Hirschfield, the On Faith blog at
We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls "a political era of uninhibited belligerence," that is finding expression in sermons, at town hall meetings, on radio talk shows, even on the floor of Congress -- especially when we differ. Why are people so angry and belligerent, and so willing to express their anger publicly? Why has our civil discourse become some uncivil? What does this public anger say about our private faith? What should we do about it?

The why is depressingly obvious to those of us feeling our way forward using socionomics.

Things aren't as bad (yet) as the era of anger and divisiveness that led up to the failed War for Southern Independence in the U.S., but when we have Representatives or Senators beating each other to a pulp, then another sad watermark will have been reached.

You can see the tension rising everywhere. Note too how opposition to President Obama's policies are being framed as being rooted in the fact that "[President Obama] is a black man, that he's African American" according to none other than former President Jimmy Carter. That's a polarizing card to play in an administration with over three years yet to run and much more economic and social turmoil ahead of it than they realize.

Avoid getting caught up in this wave of negativity the best you can. Anger, us-versus-them labeling, blamestorming - it is all a waste of your energy and your time. We have more important things to worry about.

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