From the Healing the Heart of Democracy Discussion Guide // How do you assess the state of the democratic “experiment” today? Where do you think the risks lie for “blowing up the lab?” What do you regard as the most promising next steps to help keep the experiment going for future generations?
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Our differences may be deep: what breaks my heart about America may make your heart sing, and vice versa. Protecting our right to disagree is one of democracy’s gifts, and converting this inevitable tension into creative energy is part of democracy’s genius. You and I may disagree profoundly on what constitutes a political failure or success, but we can still agree on this: democracy is always at risk.
Government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is a nonstop experiment in the strength and weakness of our political institutions, our local communities and associations, and the human heart. Its outcome can never be taken for granted. The democratic experiment is endless, unless we blow up the lab, and the explosives to do the job are found within us. But so also is the heart’s alchemy that can turn suffering into community, conflict into the energy of creativity, and tension into an opening toward the common good. (9)
Q. How do you assess the state of the democratic “experiment” today? Where do you think the risks lie for “blowing up the lab?” What do you regard as the most promising next steps to help keep the experiment going for future generations?
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