Are there things you prefer to think about from a distance?
There are some issues and ideas that find their way into many of our conversations frequently and repeatedly. There are others that we are less comfortable with, or are just not ready to talk about. For me, this happens when I feel like I do not know enough on the subject, or have strong enough opinions on it, or simply when I do not feel like it is my place to speak.
The way I see it, this could stop even those who are interested in certain social justice issues from joining conversations on them. How can that safe distance be overcome? It happens for me when people encourage my questions and thoughts, and express an interest in the same, regardless of my familiarity with the issue.
What puts that distance between you and an idea or discussion?
In what other ways can we encourage everyone to offer ideas and listen to thoughts expressed about the subject in question?
I would love to hear about it, and chalk about it!