Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day

Here’s a way to celebrate Election Day  (besides voting, of course) without having to think about this particular election, which, I expect we can agree, we’ve all heard quite enough about.

If you’re like me, you’re sick of hearing the political strife.  But are you interested in why the strife exists?  Here’s an interesting read:

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt

“Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong.”

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