"Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep afterward."-Anonymous
I'm opening this morning's topic after stimulating my brain with some good brew...
Have We Forgotten How To Communicate?
Back in the dawn of time when mankind gathered in groups for protection, communication was limited to sign language and rudimentary conversations that were limited to expressive grunts.
Then human beings become more advanced and came up with complex languages. From the very beginning, it was a given that compromise made both sides happy.
Observation: It's obvious Americans have forgotten how to communicate by compromising with one another for a greater cause.
Example: Look at our lawmakers. We're on the edge of a constitutional crisis with a president who thinks he's a monarch.
Trump's contempt for our democracy/government is now on full display, completely stonewalling Congressional oversight (27 cases thus far) by claiming powers he doesn't have in the Constitution. Compromise is not in Trump's limited vocabulary.
Back to our lawmakers, especially the Republican senators who are enabling Trump. They've decided to drink the Kool aid with him, despite the damage it's causing to our government's ability to use Constitutional checks and balances to counter corruption in the executive branch.
The GOP party of Trump puppets on Capitol Hill hope his base will get them re-elected so there's no need to compromise.
The American public is no better. Actual meaningful communication is shunted aside for tribalism at the expense of further dividing Americans.
Once practiced by enlightened societies, compromise has become an albatross in the 21st century. It's meaning lost to partisan puppets seeking to stay in office.
Without some form of compromise there can be no real communication. How, and when, did we lose that ability? Not being an historian, I can't say ...but we lost it somewhere along the way.
Time for me to walk on down the road...