Parker Palmer on Healing the Heart of Democracy

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If “We the People” are to help heal our ailing democracy–and if we do not, who will?–we need to develop five crucial habits of the heart. That, in turn, depends on people in positions of leadership dedicating themselves to forming these habits in the local venues I named earlier: families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces, and the various places of public life where “the company of strangers” gathers.

1.  An understanding that we are all in this together…

2.  An appreciation of the value of “otherness.”…

3.  An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways…

4.  A sense of personal voice and agency…

5.  A capacity to create community…

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