I believe it’s fair to say that many of us were hopeful about the possibilities for this New Year. Unfortunately, the events of last week remind us that we cannot leave 2020 behind and get on with positive progress, personally or professionally, without acknowledging the very challenging work we have ahead of us to do our part to resolve the underlying factors fueling this acrimonious social landscape. Unifying our country is dependent upon dealing honestly and holistically with a number of social issues. This post touches on one of the underlying barriers to our success: confirmation bias.
I don’t claim to be an historian, but I seem to recall that the founders of our country didn’t always agree about everything, particularly as it related to individual rights versus states’ rights versus federal rights in the early days. I suspect that the Preamble to the Constitution, the first sentence of which I quoted above, was a necessary introduction to the articles that were initially proposed.