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Will 21st-century pro-empathy voters master culture diplomacy in time to save humanity?
My reflections from a Empathy Surplus Network USA adult weekly forum discussing how to apply the latest insights of the brain from cognitive scientist George Lakoff's book entitled Whose Freedom?
Will 21st-century pro-empathy voters master culture diplomacy in time to save humanity?Culture diplomacy is to progressivism, what culture war is to authoritarian conservatism - changing brains to build an empathy surplus or deficit, respectively. Effective culture diplomacy is the consistent commitment by American progressives to protect and empower America’s strong, diverse communities of nurturing families, caring for each other, and expanding freedom for all. The culture diplomacy of Quakers and Methodists, launched in 1775 to eradicate slavery from the colonies, forced conservative representatives to go on the record against the human right to freedom for all. Consequently, James Madison demanded the first ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, and Ben Franklin introduced the first anti-slavery bill in the first Congress.
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Will 21st-century pro-empathy voters master culture diplomacy in time to save humanity? It’s a toss-up. Not enough progressives have embraced the latest insights of the brain on civil discourse. Nevertheless, progressive pro-empathy voters did step up in the 2020 Presidential election and the midterms. But pro-empathy voters must embrace culture diplomacy as a lifelong pursuit because conservatism’s white culture war on human rights isn’t going away. Remember authoritarian conservative Louis Powell, who launched a new era of conservative culture war with his 1971 memoto corporate America. Then he laid out a stealth recipe for returning America to our colonial slave state roots. And for 50 years, authoritarian CEOs and billionaires quietly infected American brains with the rot of limited empathy in governance. Then the twice impeached cop killing former POTUS revealed conservatism for what it is - cruel autocracy - comfortable with daily mass murder.
Will 21st-century pro-empathy voters master culture diplomacy in time to save humanity?I am hopeful despite culture war misinformation. Here are the skills needed for a progressive culture diplomat to change brains in civil society and ethical business, as well as in public government, to advance human rights: (1) Commitment to protecting and empowering diverse communities of nurturing families, who care for humanity, (2) framing conversation skills around core values of empathy and responsibility, both personal and social, (3) a strong work ethic, (4) progressive measures resourcefulness, (5) the ability to build progressive relationships, (6) decision-making skills that build empathy, (7) attention to progressive framing details, (8) commitment to creating caring, circular economies, (9) ability to work under pressure, (10) initiative, (11) flexibility, and (12) commitment to lifelong learning on framing a progressive message.
Our Empathy Surplus Network USA recently approved an updated Pledge to the Peoplefor our website footer. The public is invited to recite it at public meetings while facing the flag and holding a neighbor’s hand:
Pledge to the People
I pledge allegiance to the people of the world
and the United States of America
and to their human rights, which I defend and promote,
one world committed to empathy and responsibility,
with liberty and justice for all.
Lakoff, George, Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, Ch. 7, Causation and Freedom, p. 110, last paragraph: “It is surely not the case that conservatives are simpleminded and cannot think in terms of complex systems (culture war): Indeed, conservative strategists consistently outdo progressive strategists when it comes to long-term, overall strategic initiatives.”
Lakoff, George, and Rockridge Institute, Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision, Chapter 3 Frames and Brains, Section Lessons from Cognitive Science, p.22 of online version at https://proempathy.us/Thinking, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2006
History Channel, First American Abolition Society Founded in Philadelphia, https://proempathy.us/abolition
History Channel, Why Thomas Jefferson's Anti-Slavery Passage Was Removed from the Declaration of Independence, https://proempathy.us/Jefferson
National Constitution Center Staff, James Madison Introduces the Bill of Rights, https://proempathy.us/BillOfRights
Franklin, Benjamin, Anti-Slavry Petition to 1st Congress, “The petition was introduced to the House on February 12 and to the Senate on February 15, 1790. It was immediately denounced by pro-slavery congressmen and sparked a heated debate in both the House and the Senate.” from US Government Archives https://proempathy.us/AntiSlavery
Powell, Louis, Letter to Mr. Eugene B. Sydnor, Jr., Chairman, Education Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 08/23/1971, https://proempathy.us/PowellMemo
Empathy Surplus Network USA’s 1st Empathy Activity - INWARDLY DIGEST and use the latest brain insights of Dr. George Lakoff to frame daily caring conversations that promote human rights education. https://proempathy.us/framing