South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Cultivating Compassionate Action, Olympia, Washington
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Scaling the Empathy Wall

We don't have an anger problem in American politics. We have a contempt problem.

Arthur Brooks says the problem with politics isn't opposing views. It's the way we speak to each other.

This talk includes the Dalai Lama's response on how to deal with contempt.

Arthur Brooks:  We don't have an anger problem, we have a contempt problem. .

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Conservatives and liberals both believe that they alone are motivated by love while their opponents are motivated by hate. How can we solve problems with so much polarization? In this talk, social scientist Arthur Brooks shares ideas for what we can each do as individuals to break the gridlock. "We might just be able to take the ghastly holy war of ideology that we're suffering under and turn it into a competition of ideas," he says.

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What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. She observed there were four characteristics of these conversations that enabled people from very opposite sides and polarized positions to engage and find understanding:

  • Don't assume bad intent, ask questions,stay calm and make the argument.

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Let's learn to understand people who are different than we are. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

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