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Out of Our Minds
Thursday, November 04, 2004 7:35 AM
Business as healer
David Weinberger on Culture

I'm a political person. If sports were on the front page and politics on the back, I'd be reading the newspaper rear-to-front. And perhaps you've noticed that we've just been through a campaign that was, let's say, a tad divisive.

But now we're back at work. For many of us, our place of work is one of the few zones in which we are required to spend time with people who are different from us — given the homogeneity of too many workplaces, perhaps not as different as would be best for our nation, but still different.

There are two ways to overcome differences as deep as those that rend us politically. First, you can find common ground on political issues. Second, you can find other common grounds that put the political differences in perspective. The first is a valuable process, of course, but is especially difficult after a year of campaigning designed to exacerbate the differences. The second is what we get at work: Engaged in a common task, I learn that you, with whom I disagree profoundly on politics, have virtues that provide a context for understanding your political 'folly.'

Working together can help heal us.

1 comment

Rosa - 11/7/2004 1:52:34 AM
Working together can help heal us. What a great thought! A good reminder that we may disagree on some things, but rarely will we disagree on everything. There is always common ground to be explored and discovered.


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