Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to lunch

I don’t know about this …

There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.

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5 thoughts on “Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to lunch

  1. Lesser is founder of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies… http://www.eomega.org/

    “Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at exceptional locations around the world.

    Personal transformation is the foundation for transformation in the world around us. Individual wellness, personal growth, and a healthy body, mind, and spirit help us make the world a better place to live and raise our families. To this end, Omega is also leading the way in creating a sustainable world. “

  2. Al Quie and Roger Moe:

    ‘”If you can stay within your principles, that’s the key.” says Quie. “You must find agreement on the values and what you believe is necessary for the state.”

    The longtime republican says its important to be able to build trusting relationships with those that disagree with your politics. Quie was able to work closely with longtime DFL’er and Senate Majority Leader, Roger Moe.

    “Before running for governor I found a democrat that I could work with,” says Quie. “Working with Roger Moe was marvelous. You must always look to what’s best for the people who you serve.”‘

  3. Having lived in Utah almost all of my life, I know lots of conservatives. I also don’t shy away from getting to know them as human beings. I prefer not to cloister myself away in some bitter echo chamber, because I like people. I like all kinds of people.

    Here’s the thing: I’ve had lunch with many of them, and have had deep discussions about political issues, probably asking and answering all of these questions. And, as she said, I come away from it knowing a little more about who they are.

    They will vote to stop legal abortion any day of the week. They will avoid public funding to help the poor. They will avoid legislation that is fair to the LGBT community and the immigrant communities.

    Knowing “the other” will not ever do anything but give you a few more friends and infuriate you that good people continue to do rotten things. We still need to speak out against injustice and we still need to make noise.

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