Saturday, December 29, 2012
Yesterday, I saw a “petition” on Facebook asking for support of President Obama’s proposal in regard to avoiding the “fiscal cliff”. For some reason, I wanted to see the comments so I bravely clicked the appropriate “button”. I shouldn’t have been surprised by the name-calling and finger-pointing that seems to be the extent of many a person’s contribution to the national dialogue. Considering the dire nature of the current situation, it’s scary to believe “this is what we got”.
When I was working with the union, “negotiating” was a continuous part of the job. However, even in an environment where “negotiating to find solution” (at least this was my interpretation) was prevalent, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to find those who had a different understanding of the concept. For many, “negotiating” is about winning; it’s about getting their way no matter the cost or level of nastiness. It may be my “pollyanna-utopian” perspective, but I sense this “winner-takes-all” paradigm only exists because it’s what we’ve been taught and we haven’t slowed down enough to realize there are other possibilities. As we move into a “Golden Age” of updated truth and unity, it seems appropriate to take the time to match our beliefs, systems and structures with the overall nature of the times we “sense” and to which we look forward.
As far as the “fiscal cliff” and political parties in general, if you can’t agree upon the presented “solution” – then persevere until one is found to which you CAN agree! If one party presents a proposal with which the other doesn’t agree, then counter with something different until the finest point at which both can give a nod is found. We can’t afford to just “take our toys and go home” when our proposal isn’t met with excitement and joy!
In my opinion – and in my perfect world – we would just sit down around the parlor table and converse about the truth beneath our surface-level desires and then “negotiate” to find creative solutions that support that truth! ( J ) Obviously, we aren’t there yet…..but I maintain a steadfast hope and faith that this is a possibility as we move forward into this Golden Age.
In the Spirit of Solution-Oriented Negotiating and Utopian Possibility!