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Political Ignorance


In politics,

ignorance often takes the form

of baseless, belligerent certitude –

of actively ignoring all standpoints

other than one’s own.

And political gridlock occurs

where polarities of certitude

preclude dialogue, empathy,

understanding, compromise

and co-operation.

A way forward

from this double-bind

of blind rigidities

– a loosening into flow –

lies in each of us

listening through

to the hurts, values

and unmet needs

of others,

those different

constellations of suffering

variations of our own.


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