A big point behind Reel Out Deep is that we can do much, much better. Politically and economically we are operating way below our possibilities and potential. To get there, we likely need some radical changes in the structure of our government and financial system. There are too many Americans left behind economically. And there are deep political rifts creating unhealthy tensions among too many people. Rigorous debate and real dialogue is needed. The issue with gaining any traction is that we are doing good enough. And in some areas we are doing downright amazing and awesome.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A quote from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities that has so much relevance to now.
Turn on a news channel and it is so frustrating to see the divisions in society. Meanwhile, many Americans are working multiple jobs and struggling. It’s kind of the worst of times. Even though it is the best of times. On a day-to-day basis, in the everyday world so many people get along fine or better than ever. Black and white relations are so good on many, many levels. And yet we have a lot of media-sewn division as well as past and current issues that are right under the surface.
Reel Out Deep is about facing the facts. And… doing something about it. No hysteria. But can we have the conversation? Can we make some real changes? Can we get people to care? Taking a step out of the immediacy of the daily media news cycle. Pulling back from trying to win the arguments with one big punch line. And then encouraging all of us to look at the glass as half full. Mostly, in the sense that we can solve our way out of whatever faces us. And, in that, challenging us to a much better future by encouraging us to have the deeper conversations. To listen. To consider. To confront. To go past the headlines and the emotions of the moment.
There is so much complexity in every topic. And so much nuance behind different perspectives! Every single bit of news and information out there… it means something a little bit different to all of us. Many of us that look into a controversial issue, say Colin Kaepernick. We square it in our heads. It’s all settled internally for us. If only everyone got it the way we do. How can we have a conversation that really cuts through all that is going on? And then take action that really improves society. Or at least settle it all down. We have to be real with each other. That is one thing.
And so, Reel Out Deep, it is hard to take on big topics without getting literally everyone upset about one point or another. So that is the challenge to you? Can you make it through these posts? And then, can you make it through listening to others? Can we all build understanding that we are all different. Which is good. And to get anywhere. We have to be able to get real and delve deeper. That is our way out of the mess we now have. Taking on the challenges and then we can really hit full potential in America and the world. Knocking out the other side is not the answer.