A few years ago I took an interest in a old group, the Rotary. So much so that I even asked my husband to join, I would have, but travel for work made it impossible for me to be a member. I like the organization because of one of their central principles, the Four-Way Test. I find in particularly interesting in our current day, when truth seems to be a scarce commodity. They have 4 questions that they use as a moral code: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? These are deep questions that in this age of braggadocio and hyperbole, especially in politics. It would seem that some of our representatives operate outside of the the normal bounds of accuracy and facts. Some even state they have their own facts. When our leaders are twisting the truth in a manner that favors one’s own position, needs or motives of the moment? Sometimes for personal gain, well that is not good for our country and can have a much bigger impact.
Passion is something that really heats up in politics, and also with your spouse. No matter what side you are on, politics can get folks to the shouting stage faster than anything. I think it is important to keep the dialog open, which is difficult these days. Listen more than you talk, we have 2 ears and only 1 mouth, something I keep reminding myself of. One other thing keep in mind, the last 2 tests, ask yourself: will it build goodwill and better friendships? will it be beneficial to all concerned? They can prove to be of great value and help us be less divisive in our competing ideas.
When that political worker knocks on your door, take the time to listen and ask questions. When you hear about a town hall, be sure to attend. The next one is tonight at 5:30 at the Fountaindale Library. Meet and ask questions of your state representatives. Stop by and make your concerns known, but keep in mind the Four Way Test.