Polarization isn't just about politics. Culture, health, faith and an alarming growing list of issues are too divisive to discuss. For open and diverse societies to thrive we have a critical responsibility to build our collective capacity for dialogue across ideology.
What is Polarization
Polarization happens when ideas are pushed to the extreme and middle ground disappears. Us vs. them ideologies split us into in-groups and out-groups that attribute bad ideas to bad people. The loudest voices prevail over kindness and reason, and it's dangerous.
"We define polarization as the moment we break off human relationships because of extreme differences in our ideas."
Who can fix polarization
Polarization is often framed as something too big to fix, something created by politicians over which we have little control. We reject that idea. Separation, alienation and division start with each of us and so does love, respect and the capacity to change.
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