“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

-Jane Austen, Emma

Sunday, October 20, 2013


"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen"
-Brene Brown 

I know that many people have seen the TED Talk on vulnerability, but you can never watch this gem too many times. I was most particularly struck by her take on the political situation (mind you this is from 2010). When we numb ourselves to feeling pain, anger, sadness ext. we begin to blame other people for our problems rather than work through them. One can see an example of the "blame game" from the recent political rhetoric used during government shutdown. Rather then in engaging in civilized discourse both sides attacked one another than working through the problem in a rational, yet empathetic way. When people are vulnerable and acknowledge their faults civil discourse becomes natural rather than a strenuous exercise in futility. I mean maybe this notion is too idealistic to adapt in Washington.  I mean who wants to acknowledge their mistakes. Duh. But perhaps if everyone in the nation's capital took a mere 20 minutes to watch this short segment of enlightenment, there would be a little more political serenity and little less catastrophe and death. Just saying.

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