What’s Missing in America Seems to be What America’s Missing

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Trivia: Which U.S automaker broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system? (Answer below)

It’s hard to imagine that things have come to this point. People are still reeling from the senseless tragedy in Virginia with that WDBJ7 TV station. Still others are amazed by the sometimes insulting nature of the GOP presidential campaign. Nowadays it seems what’s missing in America is what America’s missing.

Many feel we’ve grown numb to what was once seen as vile and vicious. There’re those who say it’s due to a coarsening-trend in our culture. True, everybody isn’t affected by the same issues in the same way. But maybe politicians and citizens no longer have mutual connection or relationship with the real issues.

A relationship is understood as a connection between two or more parties. Experts who work with marriages or with parent-child interactions point to the importance of listening. They emphasize things that individuals can do to strengthen the partnership. With parents it’s about role modeling for their kids.

Things don’t work well when there’s less listening and more battling. Strengthening the relationship takes better communication and less one-upping between the parties in order to achieve greater synergy. Being there for one’s spouse or child is about having a relationship with them and those issues that matter.

If only there was more of this on social media and places of power/influence. It’s hard to come by when shock value gets ‘likes’ while solution value is passed-over. It’s easier in relationships and politics to get hot-headed and trade insults to the point of having a stinging sound-bite. This gets turned into marketing.

Sometimes it seems there’s more battling and less listening that’s occurring in our political and social discourse. There’s a tendency to try to “one-up” the other person or event as opposed to a commitment to strengthening and empowering. Maybe the marketing we see is the modeling we repeat and celebrate.

A lesser known philosopher once said “if you keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep on getting what you deserve.” This might hold true in different ways within life’s many challenges. Plus, what’s good for getting raves might not always be good for a reality-check or America’s prospect.

Answer: Tesla Model S

Groove-tracks: Goo Goo Dolls – “Better Days” – https://youtu.be/i-kHleNYIDc

The Roots Ft Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow” –  https://youtu.be/ot7FLPp8ukw

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