Debilyn Molineaux served as the Coffee Party USA president for several years because she shares our passion for cooperative collaboration and civil conversation. Here is one of her blogs from 2015 that was published in the Huffington Post.
Most of the time I go on Facebook and catch up with my friends, like memes about good deeds, kind acts and videos of cats. I like to think I’m an average Facebook user.
Of course, being involved with politics, even bridge building within politics, means I am alternately praised and questioned by my friends about my work – which includes emails that challenge me to walk my talk. Today I received a response from a self-identified moderate conservative who asked me to post a story that represented her perspective. Inside the story was a narrative blaming the President for the shooting of the Houston police officer. And a large dose of anger.
Was I being trolled?
No. We all have different interpretations of current events. I know my journey has led me to be able to “try on” another person’s viewpoint for a few minutes or days at a time. This started when I was a child of divorce, moving between my conservative and liberal families, trying to fit in with both. I had no idea how valuable this skill would be in my later life. Down deep, I really wanted everyone to stop fighting and be friends … or at least friendly. I still want this for our country.
Fighting over who’s right and who’s to blame will never result in a functional family. And make no mistake, we are a big, raucous, bickering American family.
As a self-governed people, it is my hope that we develop a capacity to hear out our different understandings of what happens around us – staying curious and paying careful attention to how our different interpretations map into what is actually going on. For example ….
Continue reading Debilyn’s blog at the HuffPost website.
Debilyn is also a Living Room Conversations,
Enjoying Our Big Raucous Bickering American Family by Debilyn Molineaux.