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Editorial: Can the ‘me’ be quiet so the ‘we’ is heard?
3/14/17, Chico Enterprise-Record
Books on humility. Role playing that emphasizes cooperation and finding common ground. University courses on improving civility and understanding.
These are the new building blocks of community. In the wake of the most vicious presidential election in recent history, people are aghast at the demise of civility and orderly disagreement.
But the descent started long before the election. It seems it’s how this country operates now.
Programs try to refresh the Golden Rule and emphasize that disagreement doesn’t boil down to “I’m right, you’re wrong.”
Communities are trying to salvage what’s left of old-fashioned values. They hope to set new standards, or rather go back to old standards that respected all sides.
Plenty of theories exist on why we abandoned courtesy and social responsibility. What launched it isn’t as important as how can it be slowed or even reversed. The pillars of ethics that guided our forefathers, from church to school to parents, don’t have the same roles as they did.
We see bad behavior everywhere.
It’s behind road rage. It’s responsible for booing, shout downs and aggression.
Blending in with the crowd, even if it’s a bad one, seems to work for many.
An organization in Paradise — Paradise Community Guilds — is facing the wave and hoping others will join in the resistance.
A meeting is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday at Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Dr. to talk about conducting life in a more civilized manner.
We’re pretty sure that thousands of meetings and conversations like this are happening throughout the country, but solutions seem to evade us.
Maybe it’s keeping the reminder of politeness in the forefront of our thinking.
Maybe it’s making note of poor behavior and avoiding it or using it as an example for our children.
How can we rein in that ego?
What will be the turning point to revive those old standards may be the expansion of organizations like the Paradise one.
We know churches, schools and parents are trying to make their own impact on reversing the course.
We applaud these conversations, classes and dialogue because this country’s future rests on our ability to get along.
Guilders and Butte County neighbors,
You are invited to join us Sunday, February 19 from 4PM to 6PM at Norton Buffalo Hall for a conversation on whether and how we might establish a new Guild (within our Paradise Community Guilds) aimed at learning and teaching the skills necessary for civil discussion of the issues and politics of our day.
Come as early as 3:30PM and bring some light potluck if you'd like to eat -- I hear we'll have some split pea soup, bread and wine to share, though I'm not sure how far it will go.
Why are we doing this? Well, we've been listening to our community.
Most of us have talked about the illness of incivility afflicting the soul of American politics, and whether we can do anything about it.
In short, we’re getting more and more divided on the issues, and mutual respect is displaced by frustration and disdain, guaranteeing that we stay divided. It affects families, friends and neighbors. And it’s unsustainable.
As a non-partisan, non-denominational fellowship with a vision to “Be the community you want to live in,” Paradise Community Guilds may be ideally positioned to promote more sustainable values in civil conversation. And we'll look for the fun in it!
Come prepared to articulate your interest and your ideas for how such a project might succeed.
• 3:30PM Doors open, food/drink set up
• 4PM - Gather, brief introduction of the topic.
• 4:20PM - Video from TEDNYC: Jonathan Haidt: "Can a divided America heal?" This is an insightful exchange recorded in November 2016. I encourage you to check it out beforehand.
• 4:40PM - Discuss the video. Ideas?
• 5PM - Break
• 5:10PM - Video from A2Ethics.org's Big Ethical Question Slam. This group in Ann Arbor, Michigan has held an innovative annual event for the last 5 years that has energized their community.
• 5:25PM - Discussion. Would we like to work toward our own Slam? How else can we have fun?
• 5:50PM Make agreements, wrap-up.
How does that sound?
In the meantime, here are some online clicks I would encourage you to explore:
Video from A2Ethics.org's Big Ethical Question Slam - short.
YourMorals.org Much of our political conversation rests on our moral beliefs. This website is a collaboration among social psychologists who study morality and politics. Take a little time to explore your own morals at the website; not only will you learn a little more about yourself, you’ll contribute to solid research.
CivilPolitics.org This may be a good theoretical resource for ideas on how we wish to proceed.
There's plenty more resource out there -- and if anyone feels like reading a book in the meantime, I highly recommend Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind - Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion.
Let's "Be the community we want to live in!" See you at 4PM this Sunday!
Thanks to KZFR's Steven and Susan Tchudi, who invited me on "Ecotopia" last night, as a member of Paradise Community Guilds, to talk about the potential of a new Guild for Civil Politics. You were gracious hosts.
The program is already archived here: http://kzfr.org/broadcasts/8032.
My interview begins at 29:14, but start at the beginning to hear most of a pre-recorded interview with Ravi Iyer of CivilPolitics.org. Ravi works with Jonathan Haidt on the project. (I'm a great fan of Haidt's work, particularly "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion.")
A bonus: The interview ends with a song I recorded with Big Wide Room's Brett Perkins and Mark Davis, "Common Ground."
Paradise Community Guild members and the community are invited to join the conversation this Sunday, Feb. 19, 4-6PM at Norton Buffalo Hall.
The Lake Oroville - Oroville evacuation is underway.
We've reached out to Butte County Sheriff's Department every way we know how.
Our Norton Buffalo Hall is available to receive our neighbor evacuees, and our fellowship is ready to help.
Call David Zink at (626) 840-4438 to make arrangements.
Thank you for your good work!
- David Zink, President
The community is invited to join us at Norton Buffalo Hall on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6PM for a potluck dinner.
Bring vittles to share, meet your neighbors, and settle in -- because at 6:30PM we'll have a brief presentation from Ken Donnell (Greenville) on a new California Trails Initiative -- connecting trails for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the State.
Our regular membership business meeting is starts at 7:30PM. If you've considered joining, please introduce yourself to us at the start of the meeting, and then we'll send you home with a membership packet. You'll have the month to think it over. Be careful! If you come back we may just vote you in!
"Be the community you want to live in."
Yesterday we received a lovely 1924 Kranich & Bach baby grand piano that will now be available for future music events at Norton Buffalo Hall.
The donation was made by local entrepreneur Clay Reid and his wife Andrea.
Clay's latest project is Plugged In & Turned On In Paradise (PITOIP), a new music TV series that features an array of fascinating, road-tested musicians. One of those is Halie Loren, a top jazz vocalist who will perform for us on February 4th, and the PITOIP crew will be there to film the event. Halie is bringing her trio and asked for a real piano to play, which inspired Clay and Andrea's gift.
On behalf of Paradise Community Guilds, I wish to thank the Reid's for their generosity. I can't wait to hear our new baby sing!
Our story is simple -- we came together to "be the community we want to live in."
We live in Paradise, after all. We're lucky to be here. Let's do here.
What could be more inspiring?
Together to do the things that bring us joy, and we put out the welcome mat for anyone who shares our spirit, or could use a helping of it.
You might find us watering, double-digging, fussing and hovering over our soil and garden plants, laying out our milk thistle gardens for the migrating Monarchs, or putting up the new toolshed.
Maybe you’ll hear about one of our concerts and decide to risk the modest ticket price on a chance of a good time; there you’ll see us working behind the scenes to make sure you did.
Our regular T'ai Chi class could attract you to us, or some workshop or presentation you’ll want to attend to learn something new right along with our members.
Look around at one of our outdoor festivals, a flea market or a rummage sale, plant sale or seed swap – we’re busy making it happen, glad to say hello, and hope you’ll take a treasure home with you.
There’s much more we’d like to do to “be the community we want to live in.”
The only thing that’s missing is you.
We hope you’ll join us!
Our Thursday/Friday dedication and celebration of Norton Buffalo Hall last week was a tremendous success!
Many thanks to those who helped make it happen:
• Our volunteers -- Bob Teal, Verna Myers, Bruce Murray, Dan Joseph, Lisa Flores & Bo, Linda Marzolla, Judy Fox, Patricia Light, Zeke, Mike McGrath, Nancy Eaton, Susan Dobra, John Michael Sun, Jennifer and MIke Petersen, Lori Phelps-Zink, Elizabeth Evans, Pete Samuel, and Lynn Costa.
• Our tremendous musicians -- Roy Rogers, Carlos Reyes, Janice Maxie-Reid, Leo Vigil, Randy Biaggi, Brad Peterson & Bob Littell, Lisa Flores & David Aguilar, and our dough-stretcher for Thursday night, me.
• Our sponsors -- Digital Print & Design, Sierra Nevada Brewery, KZFR, and Moon Valley Music.
• Paradise Chamber of Commerce -- Mark Thorp and the Chamber really helped with getting the word out, and we are very thankful.
And most of all, we extend our deep gratitude to the 200+ local souls who ventured to our doorstep to support and celebrate with us.
You helped us raise over $3,000 toward replacing our leaky roof!
(If you'd like to contribute further to this $12,000 project, please visit www.youcaring.com/nortonbuffalohall to make your contribution, or just send a check to Paradise Community Guilds, 5704 Chapel Drive, Paradise, CA 95969. Please write "for the roof" on the check.)
We hope you will visit us again in the coming weeks and months as we live into our mission to "foster community by nurturing creativity, practicing stewardship of Nature, and promoting values of sustainability."
Thanks to Jay Cooke for posting this video from our celebration concert at Norton Buffalo Hall!
Our thanks to Linda Watkins-Bennett and Action News Now for drawing attention to our dedication and celebration of Norton Buffalo Hall.
Read it on Action News Now!