Look at those who cause harm
My university students love to talk about power.
It comes with being youthful and curious.
But the key is to dig deeper, and ask, how power is fueled and what forms does it take?
To assess power with clear vision, we need to let facts and information guide us: not the other way around.
Better to look at real evidence rather than rely on what individuals say or what they profess to believe.
Better to look at their actions and their motivations.
The current torrent of moral and political upheaval leaves me yearning for both an anchor and a guidepost.
My anchor is an admixture of family values and life’s lessons: a combination of grounded beliefs and evidence.
And I share these values with many, many individuals, including fellow Americans and other citizens of the world.
Most of us believe honesty and integrity are sound values, and that we should approach others with respect.
But the world I confront in the headlines has turned honesty and integrity upside-down.
And the evidence points to the root of this upheaval: those wielding power over others are causing harm.
When I look deeper into what power means and its sources—rather than what people say—the reality is clear.
The individuals who were elected to guide our country are making decisions that affect all of us and our children and grandchildren with an eye to harm. Continue reading