How do we communicate with each other about divisive issues? Explore how our minds work and how we work – or don’t work – together by reading Johnathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012) and discussing the book on July 19 from 7 -8:30 PM at Roanoke County’s South County Library. We’ll be in the room next to Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, so come a little early and get a tea to enjoy with the discussion.
Here’s some background: Roanoke artist Katherine Devine put the call out to discuss the book after a conversation with Delegate Sam Rasoul. “He said it helped him better understand why conversations on important issues are so polarized,” said Devine. “I wanted to know more, and so did some others.”
Devine shared a couple of early takeaways. “First,” she said, “I learned that each of us – no matter what side of an argument we’re on – lean into an opinion using our intuition. Then we then use our rational ability to support and defend it. So we’re processing information through different lenses from the start.
“A second big takeaway,” she added, “is that we are actually working together in concert in many ways. Understanding this might make us do that even more. And we’re hoping that Delegate Rasoul will be able to join us for part of the conversation.”
You’ve got a full two weeks to read the book, but if you haven’t finished it, feel free to come and share your thoughts on the parts you’ve read.
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