In the midst of unlimited access to information, understanding appears to be on the decline.
What happened to middle ground?
Middle ground is where we…
…compromise on positions to support larger principles
…trade short term gains for long term goals
…connect common values across contrary views
…celebrate our differences and engage in healthy debate
Middle ground is where we gather with candles to bring each other comfort.
Middle ground is not lost. It has just fallen out of favor in the public square and in politics.
In our private and professional lives, we know middle ground. With families, friends and colleagues, we show respect and treat each other with kindness. We compromise, connect and celebrate differences as we live together in peace–every single day.
To solve the challenges of our time, we must value middle ground in our public and political lives as much as we do privately and professionally. We must choose to favor listening and learning over talking and taunting.
Let us reach across our differences, and find again the middle ground that holds us all together.