The Potential of Personal Connections
November 21, 2022
From the 2016-17 Arroyo High School Rite of Passage (ROP) Culminating Presentation, “We Are All Different, Yet We Are Equal. Difference Is Beautiful”
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This recent New York Times Opinion piece about the New Pluralists offers perspective on how vital it is for people to come together across their differences, and see themselves as part of the great orchestra of humanity. These New Pluralists are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to fight polarization by funding face-to-face interactions among people across political, racial and religious divides, under the premise that,
fixing what is broken in American democracy requires more than changing voter ID laws or the shape of our congressional districts… It requires forging deep personal connections that will change hearts and minds and ultimately American culture itself.
According to the article, philosopher Horace Kallen coined the term “cultural pluralism” in the early 1900’s to encourage Americans to recognize and value the unique cultures of immigrants coming from many countries, and to see America as an orchestra, where distinct sounds join harmoniously.
This time last year we published the newsletter below, offering four questions to stir spirited conversations among family and friends at the Thanksgiving table, to help find positive connections, even amid strained political or other differences.
We wish you and all with whom you connect a very Happy Thanksgiving, and that your holiday interactions with our suggested questions, or those that you create, generate beautiful sounds of music.
With appreciation and best regards,
Sandy Sohcot, Director