Hope vs. Fear: How competing narratives are pulling us apart
I’ve been thinking a lot about the divisions in America right now.
Certainly, there are a lot of ideological things over which we are divided. And while those can be more complex and nuanced than we often are willing to observe, we tend to fall within ideological camps…conservative or liberal, traditional or progressive, republican or democrat.
But while we have in the past found ways to reach across ideological divides to at least attempt to forge some kind of common good, the very idea of such compromise is now seen as weakness. As selling out. Giving up.
And I suspect that a lot of that is because what we’re really competing over isn’t who controls the seats of government and policy decisions.
What we’re competing over is what our dominant narrative is going to be.