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Tag: Heather Cox Richardson

How messaging can affect our outlook

I was listening to Professor Heather Cox Richardson this week talk about current affairs and how messaging can affect our outlook and actions. Driving some to do terrible things for a supposed cause or take part in a figurative war that those holding the societal marionette strings want to see come to fruition.

She used the example of Shakespeare’s Othello. Iago was jaded about being passed up for a promotion, so he started whispering in Othello’s ear. Gaslighting him. Telling him stories about his life and his wife. The story ends badly for Othello and those he loves. But it got me thinking. Continue reading

America is an idea

When I drove my two sons from Canada to North Carolina in 2019 for the World Irish Dance Championships, we took a detour on the way home and stopped in Washington D.C.  We toured the Capitol and all the monuments and were so impressed with the history.  As Bono once said, “America is an idea.  Ireland is a great country, but it’s not an idea.  Great Britain is a great country, but it’s not an idea.  That’s how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history.” Continue reading

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