Memo From Michael: Celebrating 800 Weeks of Commentaries

First, I need to pause in personal amazement to note that this week’s newsletter achieves a milestone I never thought I’d reach – this is the 800th week that I’ve been publishing my thoughts on just about anything I think about. Eight hundred weeks – that’s more than 15 years. I’ll be turning 70 in a month so it’s a test of my optimism to hope I will be writing for another 15 years. If you find value in my efforts, please write me at michaeljosephson@jiethics.org. I can never get too much approval.

Second, I want to comment on the most recent election. The long, relentless campaigning is finally over. We have a President until the year 2016 and a Congress until 2014. Now it’s our choice whether each of us as citizens will participate and demand that our leaders participate in collaborative thinking and creative problem-solving or,

in the nasty spirit of the campaign, nurse resentments and “my way or the highway” attitudes that will assure gridlock.

In a democracy, every citizen is a public official. That’s a serious responsibility. We can’t simply play the role of partisan spectators, cheering on our champion like a Roman mob at a gladiator battle.

In a democracy, the willingness to compromise does not signal a lack of integrity, but a demonstration of respect and responsibility. It’s a recognition that none of us can have it all our way and that accommodation is essential.

We must tone down the self-righteous rhetoric and insist that our politicians develop reasonable solutions that no one is entirely happy with, but that will make things better, if not perfect. Gridlock caused by intransigent devotion to a particular perspective is irresponsible and self-destructive.

Comments 5

  1. Thank you, Michael! My thoughts exactly! I only hope and pray that most people will agree with you – but I am afraid I am not too optimistic about it.

  2. Dear Dr. Josephson,

    I do so agree that the vile attitudes which accompany
    Hyperpartisonship have been destructive and should be avoided at all costs.
    I take comfort in your efforts to remind us all that ‘character counts.’

    May you have 800 more weeks! If ever there were those, especially
    In Congress, who needed a reminder, it is certainly NOW.

    Thank you!

  3. Your commentaries have always been the ray of sunshine that breaks through the overcast of gloom, doom, and despair.
    While many of us have been your stalwart supporters for many of those 15 years, your continuing outreach brightens the spirit of new admirers each day. Michael,
    What’s been most significant has been the inclusion of character building in our schools. The students who have been learning from you for the past 10-15 years will be our political leaders in the next 10-15 years. Won’t that be refreshing?! Fortunately, you’re only 70 years young so we’ll still be with you when you celebrate your 1,600th week!
    BTW, I went to my 50 year high school reunion last month. You were right, my classmates DID look like their own grandparents!!
    Keep on singing, Michael! We all love you.

  4. Thank you for the perspective on the election. It is refreshing. Wish those in Washington could read it and realize that we all want reasonable politics.

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