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People love to say how dishonest and unreliable politics is. Many avow that they would NEVER go into politics. But the truth is, politics is simply a reflection of daily life on earth today. The zest audiences have for “red meat” between competitors, and the willingness competitors have for stooping to throw “dirt” in order to win both have their underpinnings in daily life. Can you remember saying something distorted, untrue, accusatory, and behind-the-back of another? Do you notice either your own tendencies to get into attacking verbiage, or the tendencies of others in your personal sphere to get into attacking modes? If you don’t, you should, because everyone has these politics in them. The opportunity for improving personal—and then national—politics is for people to recognize the tricky emotions—especially pain and hostility—underlying such behavior, and to find better ways of handling them. Emotional pain (and physical pain too) drives everything. The function of pain is simply to let you know that a lack of something is significant for you. Pain, in turn automatically generates anger, so that you have the strength and purposefulness to take action to correct the painful situation. But often social pain has no easy solution. Then, whatever is causing the emotional pain keeps on causing more anger, and fear: well-justified fear of no solution, no exit from the pain. The result: hostility. Hostility is then most often “displaced” from the real problem onto some other, more distant issue. Although organizational politics can seem close to home, they are actually further from your personal truth than, say, your relationships with your family. If we are ever to reduce the madness of “red meat” and “dirt” in governmental politics, workplace politics, and personal politics, we must handle our hostilities better, and dig down to discover and take care of the real pains, and fears, underlying our hostilities. See previous post: “Upcoming book excerpt: Madness”.

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A generous reader, Michael, (see his comments, using toolbar above) took the time to put forth outlines of Chinese cultural behavior living in the home country, and being transplanted to other countries. The variability of behavior from being in new cultures speaks to wonderful possibilities for our earth, as our populace increasingly moves vast distances to new places. Michael noted that Chinese in their new countries were fairly similar to the “locals”, whether the locale was Australia, America, Vietnam, or Singapore. Perhaps in the evolution of our global village, we can hope to absorb the best of our new cultural surroundings, while also keeping the best from our roots.   

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