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by Rob Hueniken on June 27, 2012

A big part of remaking our world is using words that respect and recognize what's important to people — both in private and in public.

Words can be used in two ways: to tear down people and dismiss alternatives; or to build people up, and encourage good things to get done together. If you put those two types of words on a balance today it would crash down onto the negative side.

Partisan bickering and marketing hype have become the norm, raining down on us every day as part of the news, airwaves and the Internet — striving to divide us, escalate our differences, and convince us with half-truths. There is constant and confusing yelling, while calm and considered public discussion is left unheard or dismissed in twisted sound bites. 

Listen instead of yelling

Words now have less meaning, and everyone is feeling it, with companies, politicians and media pundits bending our ears repeatedly for their own benefit, not ours. That part is finally becoming clear: that the yelling is rarely for the benefit of the regular person.

One way that people deal with the bickering is to pick a side, and keep their heads down. Sometimes that lets us ignore the yelling, as we struggle with daily challenges and hope that things work out.

Unfortunately, the stakes keep getting higher, with escalating wealth, influence and decisions threatening to edge more people out of work and into debt.

So it's time for us to start using positive words, especially in public — between each other — between friends, between coworkers, between the people you interact with every day. Let people know, and let others hear, that you care about people.

Getting back to focusing on people has to start somewhere, and that's with us — regular people.

Hard-working and considerate people have a proven track record for helping each other out of tough times. Our shared values of health, family, community, fairness and employment are our shared strengths, and our way out of the global crisis created by those using the dual swords of money and power on people.

We all know how to be kind and considerate. Let's show the people around us that they matter.

     

Words to live by:

   
 

Respect

Friends

Intentional

Purposeful

Caring Opportunity 

Active

Together

Participation

 

Choices

Build
Community

Neighbours Listening Family
Mutual respect

Healthy

Sharing

  Listening

Appreciating

Be an example

Role Model Encouragement

 

Agent of change

Include

Viewpoints

Singing

Start something

 

Recognizing

 

Make a
difference

 

Stand up
for people

 

Decisions

Relationships

Network

Local Projects

People matter most

Alternatives

Thankful

Art
Creative

 

Boycott

Choosing

Hope

 

Help

Employment

Self-organized

 

New ideas

Change

Including

Develop

Communicate

Compassion

Community

Fairness

New balance
 

Outdoors

 

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