We continually hear how polarized we are as a nation. But if polarization is so bad, why are we so drawn to it? (Tweet it!) Sharon Schuman, author of the book Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World, asked that question and came up with these answers:
Trying to fathom why an intelligent person of good will might disagree with us takes effort, but the truth is that disagreements are inevitable. Says Schuman: “Our real problem is that we are torn between the seductions of polarizing short cuts to self-esteem and community, and the hard work of trying to see from the perspectives of others with whom we may never agree.”
Do you think you get any sort of satisfaction from feeling polarized? What might you do to bridge the gap between you and those on the other side? To join the conversation, click "comments" above.
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