Monday, September 12, 2005

caught in uncertainty?

You may want to proudly stay there, but first read journalist Ted Gup's wonderful audio essay from today's National Public Radio segment "This I Believe." In a world that seems increasingly polarized and where every fact appears to prompt lineups on either side, his refreshing take is that it's fine -- and even necessary -- to be (and admit you are) uncertain. We say you can't go wrong expressing your own viewpoint when communicating with others. Saying "I feel..." always works better than "You think..." when building connections with folks on all sides of issues. Enjoy the essay and tell us what you think at "This I Believe" revives an old Edward R. Murrow radio program of the 1950s, which encouraged entries from people around the U.S. "to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization."

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