In response to the increase in political strife leaking over into our personal social lives here in the United States, I wrote a book in order to promote unity, civility, and tolerance. Others have written extensively on the machinations in Washington, but few seem to notice what the politicians’ rhetoric does to the rest of us. I feel like I have to watch my back around people who constantly repeat hateful generalizations and who make up their minds quickly with little or no evidence. These people are nutcases and they feel the same about me. This is why I wrote The Nutcase Across The Street. Learn more.
To accompany the book, I also started a blog, TheUnderstandingProject.com, to educate people on what the different schools of thought are and on the arguments that people actually make. So much of the time, I see that people in the news and people I know do not listen to each other. Instead, they make preposterous assumptions about motive and they talk past each other. I listen. I have found that as often as not, the other side does have legitimate concerns that need to be addressed somehow even when I might disagree with the solutions they propose. I no longer have time to update the blog, but I have left the archives up for you.
Please check both of them out. If you have any stories of how you reached an understanding with someone (or at least attempted to), I would love to hear them. Leave a note.
My name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small.