Did you predict that Newt Gingrich would win the South Carolina Republican primary, unseating the frontrunner Mitt Romney? Perhaps you relied on various voices to help make your prognostication: the web, newspapers, radio, television, political pollsters, bloggers—the list of voices goes on and on.
Our central question today is: Which voices do you trust?
“Voices We Trust” was the starting point of a small-group dialog on Civil Discourse I began leading yesterday at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, near where I teach at the University of Michigan. OurValues.org is an online experiment in civil dialog; yesterday, I began working with this small group to explore how people can create face-to-face civil dialogues about values issues.
One of the “voices” we heard in this pilot group was Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. A physician, professor, writer, and teacher, she is an early pioneer in the mind/body holistic health movement. She has authored several books, including the bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. We listened to an excerpt of an interview she did with NPR’s Krista Tippett. (The PBS website has posted a transcript of Remen’s interview with Tippett.)
Our economic crisis, she argues, points to a “spiritual emptiness” that has existed for a long time. The good news is that the crisis can be an opportunity to initiate a personal search. This search, she says, begins with three questions:
1.) What can be trusted?
2.) What will sustain me?
3.) What do I really need in order to live?
How would you answer these three questions?
Has the economic crisis been an opportunity for you?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue.