Here’s to restoring civil discourse to public places. Here are a few ways to begin.
- Real analyses rather than tweets and insults. A respect for facts rather than fabrications or superstitions. Yes, empirical science balanced by intuition and empathy. And historical perspective as well.
- Ethics and spirituality voiced from personal practice as essential points within a wider community rather than kept to the margins of polite discussion. Faith really matters and touches on our highest aspirations. Let’s not bury it.
- An embrace of high culture as enriching human awareness and feeling.
- Financial and artistic recovery for musicians and actors and others whose livelihoods depend on public performance. Covid-19 has been especially devastating.
- A renaissance in reading and literature as well as lively conversation thereupon. Even at the reopened coffee house on the corner or local bookstore.
- Lengthening attention spans and a recognition that “fun” is not a destination in itself but at best a way of living and working playfully.
- A Second Amendment firearms stance requiring membership in and supervision by a well-regulated militia. Anything less is on the road to anarchy and slaughter.
- A celebration of work ethic rather than gambling. And an admission that CEO compensation is way out of line, any way you dice it.
- Reframing corporate existence, starting with its legal basis (not as a fictional “person”) and extending to size, global spans, and taxation. We’ve been socializing capitalist risk too long, while privatizing the public.
- A day of Sabbath for all. Not necessarily Sunday, but one that could float through the week. Does any company really have to be open 24/7? Much less, any one worker be on constant call?
Gee, this almost starts pointing me in the direction of a set of Ten Commandments.
What would you add to the list?