A Couple Of My Duties As a Citizen of a Democracy
I must speak up in public forums like LinkedIN, Twitter, and Christmas dinner. I’ve been taught that talking politics is impolite. But leaving good ideas unsaid and undefended, and letting bad ideas dominate the conversation and lead to bad decisions is even more impolite.
Change My Mind
I must listen, learn, and change my mind, which is way harder than defending my beliefs and standing my ground. It requires humility to admit I was wrong and courage to let others see my mistakes. I have to love my community enough to do what’s right for us instead of what makes me look good.
“Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising. But our true genius is for compromise. Our whole government’s founded on it.” —Shelby Foote