Covert action: (n) a secret action undertaken to influence the course of political events, as a government intelligence operation.
Stubborn doesn’t work.
Oh, we think it does. Somehow or another we believe that “sticking to our guns” empowers us to win the day.
Think about that phrase: “sticking to your guns.”
May I point out that if you’ve had to introduce a gun into a situation, maybe arbitration has failed.
We live in a time when people are impressed with the ability to stubbornly hold on to their politics and their beliefs. It makes it very difficult to have the kind of intelligent conversation which allows for everyone to walk away, head out the door, and on their way home, change their minds just a little.
Maybe that’s the best we can do—just change ourselves a teeny bit, so we don’t come across too predictable or too obnoxious.
Yet I will tell you—it is fruitless to approach a stubborn person with a stubborn profile. You will never argue down someone who’s argumentative. And for those who believe they have found the secret of God, you are wasting your time blurting out a piece of theological insight that might enhance their profile and journey.
Those who still give a damn, wish to see some change and are yearning for a humanity that is as humane to humans as it is to animals, well…
If that’s what you want, you’re going to have to be covert.
You’re going to need to be humorous when others are blatantly serious.
You’re going to be required to bring some gravitas when the world seems to have gone tipsy on an alcoholic binge.
And you’re going to have to find ways to say good things in a better way, in order to convince anyone to honor the best.
You will not be able to speak to Republicans if they smell “donkey” on you.
Likewise, those Democrats can see an “elephant” coming a mile away.
What is needed is a covert action, if we’re going to change the politics, the spirituality, the manners, the integrity, the ethics and the temperament of our time.
We will have to cease to punch their conscience and instead, create new ways to tickle their fancy.