I’m reminded of a Talking Heads song today thinking about the conversations I’ve had and read about and heard about from friends around Healthcare Reform in this country. I can’t remember the last time discussions involved this much fear and misinformation…oh, yes I do…the election.
At the end of the day where the election was concerned I just stopped speaking my opinion. I felt confident my candidate was 1)the man for the job and 2)would get the job…and Yes He Did.
My leaning right now is to do the same thing…walk away from discourse about Healthcare Reform. Not because 1)I think I’m right and 2)I think I’ll win…because frankly, I don’t think either of those things. I go into discussions wanting to hear good points, good research, good discourse. Somewhere along the lines though, when statements like, “This is just like what the Nazis did” come into the exchange I take issue.
I don’t want to come across as naive…I GET the way the world has cycled through the scary stuff. I’ve puzzled about how in the freakin world Adolf Hitler could have possibly gotten away with killing (at least) 6 million Jews…how the people of that country could not have seen that coming. I get it. I do.
In light of having had those thoughts though, still, that’s just crazy talk. It just is, I’m sorry. It just is. I’ve read the passages that people point to and hem and haw and titter and gasp. I’m NOT seeing it there, folks…and I’m not stupid.
I don’t want to spend time arguing that point in discussions about Healthcare Reform. I’m with Barney Frank on that. And after having had several discussions that all go that way I have the desire to walk away from all discussion about it…just avoid it completely and spare myself the emotional handsprings required to even walk away friends with these people.
But, you know…here’s the thing. We can’t do that. We CANNOT stop having the discussions. We CANNOT stop offering grace in those moments and TRYING to move the conversation back to reality. I need affordable healthcare people. I do and I know an awful lot of people who do. This conversation needs to continue to happen whether the House bill is the one to pass or not. For the record, I’m not crazy about the House bill as it stands right now either, believe me…and yet we need to agree as a people that this is an important piece to keep on the table.
If you’re feeling apathetic about the discussion please do not give in to the temptation to walk away. Do this, though…engage in the practice of listening, of hearing…engage in the practice of offering grace….engage in the practice of calm in the face of the stormy topics and read, research, gain understanding from places of wisdom, not fear.
This is important. Unclench your hands from around your side of the issue and put it on the table….