Saturday, November 12, 2016

Can a Divided America Heal?

Two days before the presidential election, I posted a video of Stephen Colbert interviewing New York University psychology professor Jonathan Haidt. They were discussing Haidt's book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.

As a university professor and author, I read a lot of excellent books. But I can honestly say that The Righteous Mind is the most important book that I've read during the past decade. This is the book for our current polarized times. Everyone should read it. Go to amazon and order it now. I'm not kidding.

While you are waiting for The Righteous Mind to arrive in the mail, watch the following three videos. I'm not kidding.

The first is a TED talk in which Haidt discusses his primary contribution to moral psychology, Moral Foundations Theory. In this video, Haidt explains why conservatives and liberals tend to see the world differently.



The second video is a TED conversation in which Haidt offers some very timely advice for healing our polarized country.



The third video is Haidt's keynote address to the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention. While this video is almost an hour in length, for me it was the best hour spent during the entire election cycle.



After watching these three videos and reading The Righteous Mind, you will probably be tempted to post a homemade sign in your yard that reads "Haidt for President in 2020." But not so fast. We need Haidt's wisdom right now in 2016. Whether you are a conservative, progressive or somewhere in between, I hope you will take the time to listen to Haidt's plan for reducing the toxicity that is poisoning our country. You won't regret it.

THE ABOVE MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE "HAIDT FOR 2020 PRESIDENT" CAMPAIGN. JUST KIDDING (KIND OF).

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