If I Agreed With You



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Frequent business travel offers many opportunities to learn.

For example, I saw a guy wearing this T-shirt at O’Hare Airport last week. It pretty well defines our national attitude toward open-mindedness, eagerness to learn, tolerance of change and even to creativity.

How’s that working for us?

If it isn’t working well, what can you do to help to change things for the better? Try this notion.

My pal Ozzie Gontang likes to say, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” As you can see, he’s a pretty smart guy. He’s wise.

So, what you can do about all that closed-mindedness in America is to be open-minded. Go ahead – I promise that just listening to people with whom you disagree won’t damage you or compromise your integrity. And for one brief shining moment America will be the better for your effort.

Then, after listening to those people with different thinking than yours, you still have the opportunity to call them an idiot and things will be back to what passes for normal in America.


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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2 Responses to If I Agreed With You
  1. Dominick Reply

    I imagine that if you asked anyone if they are open-minded, they would say yes. However, as we grow older, we become increasingly close-minded to ideas that challenge our ideas and beliefs. This is why it is usually unproductive to challenge perceptions of opposing beliefs in both religion and politics.

    Both Republicans and Democrats alike think that they are right in their thinking, and that the other is wrong. This is the result of years of continuous political propaganda indoctrination by both of our corrupted political parties and their supporters. Their clever demonizing and divisive propaganda strategies insure keeping their wealthy business investors content and willing to keep their politicians in office year after year.

    At this time in our history, the lack of open-mindedness in voters works to prevent any new ideas that would actually create changes in how our government runs. Both Democrats and Republicans want voting in elections to be the major voice Americans have in government. They have made our political system function as a self-serving elective monarchy for politicians and their business partners. All politicians have to do, along with their wealthy media propagandist backers, is to convince people in their voting districts that their promises are better than those of the competition. However, once in office they have complete autonomy to do as they please.

    Therefore, at every election you will always have a Republican or Democrat to vote for. Take your pick to determine which promises you like the best. Then wait for the next two to six years while you hope for the best. If you think you are open-minded to new ideas, visit my web site and let me know what you think.

    www. TrueDemocracyNow.org

  2. Jim Altschuler Reply

    Uh, I don’t get it. Do you mean that I should sit quietly and listen to some wing-nut who obviously is so far out there that he can’t even understand what I’m talking about in my viewpoint?

    Really?? Open-minded?? Even to wing-nuts and idiots? Oh, yeah, you did say I could tell them how dumb they are after they get done, right? Well, then I guess I’ll give it a shot.