A week or so ago, I wrote about getting sucked into controversial discussions on Facebook, especially when what one posts challenges the general stance of the thread. Curiosity in this context almost invariably faces a very quick and sometimes violent death. Yesterday I was spending a wonderful afternoon catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in ages. Everything was peaceful and, yes, curious until someone just had to start talking about politics. Even in that group, where we are all on more or less the same side of the aisle, so to speak, we managed to get into a couple of wrangles about how the current political situation not only in the U.S.A. came about and how to fix it.
If you remember, “wrangle” is a word I use in connection with Inquiry. I’d like to build my Inquiry skills so that when it looks as if we’re getting into a wrangle the conversation can become informative and broaden everyone’s perspective rather than just further entrench everyone in their views. That didn’t happen yesterday.