- Erik Richardson
- Milwaukee, WI
- United States
Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.
To voluntarily set the Charter for Compassion before us as our goal and our guide for participation in TED Conversations
I am surprised and disheartened by some of the hostility and insularity I have seen in the discussions here. That we can model rational, civilized discourse, even in the throes of heartfelt disagreement—in fact *especially* in the throes of heartfelt disagreement—is more important to the potential for progress represented by this TED experiment than any of the particular arguments we might (hope to) pursue here.
We have the choice before us: to evolve intellectually and emotionally in a way, and on a scale, not capable before in human history, or to reinforce the prison walls and bars created by every petty intellectual urge to win the debate, prove that you or I are smarter, or to cling to traditions and caricatures of "the other".