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Public service to a whole country or state requires genuine concern. True public servants ask questions about what the people need. The concern, if pursued, demands humility, the deep understanding that none of us knows it all. Is humility possible anymore? Humility requires that we listen to the experiences of others to better inform our limited experiences.
The issues are always like this - complex, nuanced, and not served very well by hyperbole and name calling.
The time for sound bites is over for now. We need to move our conversations to a more productive and less condemning place. With a little bit of humility and the willingness to listen to another's perspective, we might just have a chance to talk about solutions instead of blame. We might be able to improve our problems a small fraction instead of worrying about being 100% "right". We need to practice that lost art of conversation and teach the kids in our life about it as well. If we do, maybe we'll raise a few future public servants that actually know how to think about all of us.