Did you catch Robert De Nero’s appearance at the Tony’s? He used the privilege of introducing Bruce Springsteen for his honorary Tony to viciously berate Trump. We Can Do Better!
I’m all for free speech but civility and humanity first, please! Trump can be uncivil, rude and inconsiderate but fighting negativity with more negativity is not additive or constructive. De Nero’s comments made him a subordinate, a follower. He was reacting. His buttons were being pushed. He wasn’t in control. Thus, he diminished his influence.
Also, Springsteen was put in a bad spot. I felt embarrassment for him. The whole thing was a sad downward note frankly.
Today we face deep divides, polarization and white-hot emotional issues that feed a destructive dynamic. This dynamic has ended relationships and broken careers. It can stop progress in its tracks.
It seems everyone complains about this new destructive dynamic we are all seeing but few comport themselves as the change we’d all like to see.
We need deeper insight into the root cause of this new “combative culture” along with the monumental strength and presence to maintain composure under pressure. The daily progress we need requires more effort in this climate.
Here’s what you can do to fan the flames of progress.
- Remember, when you resist or fight against anything you energize the opposition equal to the resistance you offer.
- Make an effort to gain insight and understanding into the human condition including yourself. How did we get to where we are today?
- Ask, how can I create resonance?
- Never miss an opportunity to lead and become a pacesetter not a mere follower.
- Pause and consider your reply before snapping a response.
This is especially challenging today in our fast-paced, highly distracted society. But with a little more effort and a little more finesse and the big one, patience, we could all do better.
We all do better when we all do better—FDR, January 11, 1944
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