People certainly are more assertive than they used to be.
Sitting over a delicious breakfast of cereal this morning, my traveling partner asked me what I thought was different in our country since 2008.
I find that answer to be very simple: we have changed the default position of kindness to one of assertiveness.
We think it’s important to share our point, prove our point, defend our point and walk away from any conversation with our point not dulled.
So because of that, we have developed a rendition of the American culture and gospel of Jesus Christ mingled together which focuses on our own value to the detriment in consideration of others. It has happened so gradually that lots of people would take exception to this accusation.
But being assertive is not only risking being wrong, it is also cornering ourselves in what we have asserted, and makes us continue to stubbornly pursue ideas which may be ineffective.
So the politicians in our country assert that the problem is that people don’t vote, or that they have little concern for real issues, and that therefore, it is up to the politicians to guide the discussion and make the choices for the masses minus their involvement.
Religion spends so much time asserting either the sinfulness of mankind or our innate goodness that it fails to develop the truth which would make us free, which is that we are capable of good as we are also capable of evil.
And entertainment has no sense of responsibility for anything other than delivering a predictable round of art projects, which cause people to participate–unchanged.
I just don’t assert much anymore.
I think it’s important that the default position for dealing with human beings should be kindness, and that the default position for the work we do should be completion. Just those two things being in place would create a better country.
Because I can assert two definite truths in your direction:
- There is no law against kindness.
- And completing your work speaks for itself.
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