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Fighting the next civil war

It happened when John F. Kennedy appeared at his presidential inauguration without a hat.  One instant of astonishment, followed by men’s hats instantaneously dropping out of style.

It happened when Michelle Obama began appearing sleeveless as First Lady.  A few days of disdain and mockery from the right, after which virtually every female commentator on Fox News had shed her sleeves.

And currently, it has happened with Donald Trump’s unfiltered attacks on anyone who dares to question or oppose him.  After excoriating the president for his vitriol and divisiveness, his detractors on the left have used the exact same tactics in their campaign against him.

This has nothing to do with taking sides.

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Raise your words

Compliance is a dirty word

There is something dark and sinister about the word compliance.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no quarrel with being in compliance. But the way we say things matters. That’s why there’s such a strong link between ethics and communication.

To say we are in compliance presumes ethical conduct as something imposed on us contractually or legislatively. And the problem with that attitude is that we start to resent the rules of compliance as a burden and an inconvenience.

That makes us want to rebel.

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The Language of Kindness

Reasoning with Unreasonable People

Events on the Korean peninsula have been a source of anxiety for a long time. But the precarious game of nuclear brinkmanship turned momentarily farcical last May, when the newly elected government of South Korea condemned North Korea for dashing hopes of peace by conducting its second ballistic missile test in a week.

In other news, expectations for perpetual motion, bi-partisan government, and the end of world hunger were also shattered. The culprit was that relentless and uncompromising bugaboo known as reality.

On October 11, 2002, former President Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize, in large part for his role negotiating a treaty in which North Korea agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons program. On October 16, just five days later, the United States announced that North Korea admitted to having a clandestine program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

One can’t help but reflect on the classic scene in Casablanca when Claude Rains declares being “shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on” — as the concierge is handing him his winnings.

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Life without knowledge