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By the Advocate Editorial Board, Victoria Advocate

How would you define yourself?

Some of us would start off by saying we are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters.

Others might define themselves based on their job title.

These days though, those descriptions just aren’t cutting it.

Are you a Republican or a Democrat? Would you say you’re more liberal or conservative? Who did you vote for? What are your thoughts on abortion? And transgender rights?

The political racket has become so noisy that there really doesn’t seem to be a way to escape it, especially on our social media feeds.

All that banter almost forces people to feel the need to proclaim their stance on every controversial issue. If someone doesn’t agree with you, they’re shooed away. If someone does agree with you, they’re now in your circle. And worse – a first impression could land you in one of those camps, and you’re immediately stereotyped based on those first impressions.

Are you tired yet?

We are. Actually, we are exhausted.

But there is hope.

At the end of February, the Center for Peace Victoria organized a depolarization workshop through Better Angels, a national organization that brings Red/Blue workshops to sites that request it.

Read the Full Article Here.

More to explore

Johnologue 1: Uniting America

Better Angels leader and media director John Wood, Jr. calls upon us to “Unite America,” addressing the challenges and arguments against depolarization in this special episode of The Better Angels Podcast.

The Damage of Bashing the Other Side

This week offers a wonderful textbook case for one of the favorite technique of polarization: Instead of arguing the pros or cons of a controversial issue with the goal of working toward resolution, cynically use—indeed, supercharge— that issue to bash the other side.

Patriotism and Diversity, Shallow and Deep

What we need is a deeper patriotism and a deeper diversity, each of which values citizens as individuals with their own combinations of values and beliefs, instead of pigeonholing them or criticizing them for failure to live up to our preconceptions.

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