Real change comes with understanding and connection.

I’m hearing a lot of frustration with people who aren’t vaccinated. My Facebook feed is replete with posts that describe them as “ignorant” or “morons,” including, “it started as a virus and mutated into an IQ test” and “I won’t die of stupid.” Others frame unvaccinated people as irresponsible or uncaring. Notable are the posts that appear to take satisfaction in the pandemic of the unvaccinated, that seem gratified by unvaccinated people’s deaths.

Not only is frustration toward unvaccinated people vented on social media, it’s expressed directly at individuals. I was talking with a friend who isn’t vaccinated. She’s feeling…

Dialogue can help us bridge the political divide

Calls for unity have been met with considerable skepticism. Is it possible, or even desirable, to seek unity at the current zenith of political polarization? Indeed, polls indicate that Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided about guns, race, climate, immigration, and COVID-19. To be sure, a divided America is a troubling phenomenon, but it’s not the whole story; and our limited view undermines confidence that unity can be achieved. Moreover, misperception of polarization is damaging our health, our relationships, and our democracy. …

Tania Israel

Professor of Counseling Psychology at UCSB. Author of Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide. @bybdialogue

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