Better than defeating Trump’s supporters, let’s heal them and convert them to better values. And let’s heal ourselves too.

In the past few decades the U.S. has become increasingly polarized — and increasingly rigid — and mutually hateful to the people on the “wrong” side of issues.  This is NOT sustainable for democracy, nor for a free society, nor for human rights. 

People in each of the two big political parties want to DEFEAT members of the other party through dynamics that seem warlike or genocidal.

Trump has escalated the polarization horribly, not only across political parties, but also across races, nationalities, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, economic classes, and other demographic variables.  THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, but people in both big political parties keep feeding into it.

 

How about if we stop thinking of other people as the enemy and understand that polarization itself is the enemy?

 

Instead of trying DEFEAT Trump’s supporters and Republicans and other people who are consumed by fears and hatreds, what if we were to figure out HOW TO HEAL their fears and hatreds?

For that matter, how about healing our own fears and hatreds?  (Polarization works BOTH ways!)

 

Political parties and non-profit organizations and other entities on BOTH sides keep stoking fears and hatreds of “the other.”  This is tearing our society apart.

Can’t we settle down, examine our inner hearts (our “best angels”), and figure out HOW TO HEAL?