Sacrificing the Common Ground

During the recent elections, the topic of abortion came up, but not framed in the typical pro-life vs. pro-choice categories. This time it was framed as the condoning or condemning of rape. One politian’s remarks about whether he supports abortion in the context of rape became framed as the condoning of rape and using his spirituality to do so. From the sound bite I heard, this seems incredibly unfair. He seemed to be commenting that God willed the life of the child, not the rape. It is unfortunate how the way we frame an argument can actually create more conflict and reduce the chances for agreement, especially in this case, when the fundamental question is “When does life begin?”

Who Are You Trying To Convince?

Recently, I seem to be observing a flurry of dissonance between what people say and what they do. Not that it is new, just a little more pronounced. Additionally, it is not so much the hypocrisy of saying one thing and doing another, but the misalignment of one’s actions with the commentary about their actions. …

You’re Better Than That

It has been said that the true character of a person is revealed in crisis. Crisis brings out both the best and the worst in people. Facades of tact, professionalism and grace evaporate when self-interest is threatened. Crisis can strip us bare leaving us with only the shame of our brokenness or the ignorance of …