Tensions are brewing, and our political concerns are front and center. We find ourselves ever more polarized and stuck in a divide that keeps widening. The news media — from which we might seek information, balance and perspective — shows bias. When we seek to gain information from social media, we instead are fed information consistent with our current thoughts and ideas. I think what we need — and many of us often want — is to have our ideas challenged. Have you seen the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma? The trailer alone can show you how this happened — and how dangerous this source of “news” has become. Worse still, we are isolated — left to engage within only the smallest of circles. The ongoing polarization is paralyzing our nation. We have become the Divided States of America. How badly we need to recognize that we have lost our ability to listen and relate.
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