Ep. 6: Resilience and Self-actualization
This interview is a little different, in that, it is probably fair to say that the person it features is the reason I started this podcast. This man is very dear to me, but he and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Following the 2016 election, as time went on, and the political polarization in our country intensified, and the dialogue grew increasingly ugly and unproductive, I felt myself growing resentful, almost fearful, of the things that I assumed that this person stood for. Rather than cling to my assumptions, however, I decided it was worth it to me to find the common ground with this person that I care about, to ask questions, and to lean in. I wasn’t sure what I would learn and I was nervous to find out, but I knew that I had an advantage over some of my fellow Americans who don’t have a human anecdotal reference point who proves every time you talk to him that the “other side” is, in fact, not full of spiteful, ill-informed, idiots hell-bent on destroying America as we know it. Based on my own experience with this particular interviewee, despite political differences, you may, in fact, completely relate to their view on what it means to be an American, which is as much of a solid start as I could have hoped for.