Are These Common In Politics? In You?
Common ground is a foundation for mutual understanding.
Common good is a good that is shared and beneficial to all (or most).
I have been thinking a lot lately about the problems of our government and how they relate to the future of America. The concepts common ground and common good raised many questions for me that I want to share.
Promoting the common good is said to be the goal of a democracy. Is promoting a common good really the goal of the US democracy today? Should it be? Can it be? Is finding common ground the goal of the US democracy today? Should it be? Can it be? Can common ground and common good ever be common in politics?
What about we the people? Is each person’s personal goal promoting a good that is shared and beneficial to all? Are we all interested in the creation of a foundation for mutual understanding? I believe finding common ground and promoting the common good by politicians AND the voters would contribute to creating a positive future for this country. Is this possible?
Self-interest is the enemy of promoting anything common. Self-interest seems to be a basic human trait. Is promoting a good that is shared and beneficial to all (or most) in conflict with self-interest?
In 1980 Marilyn Ferguson proposed a new paradigm of power and politics: Self-interest and community interest are reciprocal. Can or will the American people, corporations, unions, businesses, professional associations and politicians adopt this paradigm? The answer to this question may determine the future of this country. How do we determine the answer to that question?
I think common ground and common good, where “self-interest and community interest are reciprocal”, would be a good common strategy for creating a positive future for the whole world. What are your thoughts? I would like to hear from you.