Division

A 4-post collection

Leave Your Echo Chamber Chamber Chamber...

See what I did there? There is a {sort of} secret spot on the campus of the University of Cincinnati that is an echo point. Inconspicuously located behind Braunstein hall and just west of the Geology-Physics building you will find a circular brick plaza uniquely designed so that when you stand in the exact center and face north, your voice will echo back, but no one standing near you will hear the echo. It's a quirky attraction that I love taking people to when touring UC. I didn't find the echo point on campus accidentally, I was told about it, but I often wondered if anyone had ever accidentally stumbled upon it. How surprising would it be to unknowingly stumble...

I Kissed Ideological Purity Goodbye

In my previous post I gave 6 steps that we can take to cross the divide that separates us all. In the past month since that post it feels as if the division has only grown all the more. But maybe we can reverse the trend, maybe the divide can still be crossed, even if we disagree with one another. But to do that, to have any hope at all to find some common ground we must first give up ideological purity. This is a hard one, we like the idea of being principled, of being right, of being on the right side of history. Giving up ideological purity requires something that these days sounds like a dirty word...compromise....

Crossing the Divide

This post has been hard to put together, there is so many divisive actions and words shared everyday that the divide I'm trying to write about isn't easy to describe and the thought of even trying to cross the ever widening divide looks bleaker by the day. Everyone seems to have already dug their trenches and demanding that everyone pick a side. An attempt to picture our divide... I was trying to think of a good example of what it's like to try to engage with people and ideas in our divided culture and there just isn't anything like it. I tried to imagine that there are 2 sides entrenched on two different mountaintops with a valley in between. There...

One Nation Under Trump, Hopelessly Divided

Not my president! Make American Great Again! Trump supporters are all racists! Liberals are all snowflakes who need safe spaces! Check out this headline! It says Hillary has a body double and is actually DYING. Also, she should be arrested! Donald Trump isn't human! He's actually just a troll standing on the shoulders of another troll! That's why his hands are so small! Plus he can't read! Wait, is this a blog post or your facebook/twitter feed? Remember when social media was used to share pictures of food/kids/pets along with statuses that at worst induced shame since social media generally captured our best moments of parenting/cooking/vacations/gym attendance. I mean, at the very worst a...