There are people whose viewpoints I disagree with, but their principles are in the right place.
This seems counterintuitive to write, to say, and to act upon, but in reality, it is the only way to proceed in a world, seemingly bent on separation, isolation, and increasingly elevating short-term symbolism over long-term substance.
This also seems counterintuitive if you have connected with other people, collaborated on projects, or move forward with initiatives based in shared positions and common interests. The thing about positions is that they shift, and interests align only temporarily, but principles are forever.
This also makes me careful about with who I align, because the seductive beauty of a temporary positon interests me just about as little as the fleeting joy of shared interests. Principles are enduring and deep. Which means, that by the time I’ve discovered what your principles are, we already know that the other two areas—positions and interests—will align as well.
I told someone the other day, I am in a search for a moral man, or woman.
I’m actually in a search, not only for a moral woman, or man, but also a collaborator with whom my principles align.
I’ve got a few years left yet.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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