The myopia of intractability

31 12 2015

“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.“ ~ Mark Twain

I make these comments not to choose a side in the ridiculous, intractable “us versus you” debate that is the current state of American Politics, but to point out how we, as a country, can miss the boat unless we find someone who can pull us together as one country, instead of 2 polarized parties.  The North Pole’s temperature moved above freezing this weekend, or somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60 degrees higher than average.  Last year was the warmest year on record.  A few weeks ago, one candidate said that they doubted climate change, because water temperature measures from satellites disputed it (even though actual surface-level temperatures, like, taken on Earth) disagreed with a thermometer miles up in space.

Since this is a leadership comic, I’ll just point out that if you are a leader, and you are so entrenched in your opinion that you have zero chance of changing your mind, then you’re not worthy of that leadership.  If you put your fingers in your ear, and say “lah-lah-lah” loudly when someone is trying to tell you something that is contrary to your opinion, then you’re, frankly, and idiot.  Listen, debate, push-back, challenge, but at least learn their perspective.  Maybe you will even (gasp) learn something that changes your mind.  A true leader can say “I was wrong, and thanks for pointing that out.” Happy New Year, folks!

Speaking of human…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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