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An antidote for what ails our American democracy,
This review is from: Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit (Kindle Edition)
This newest Parker Palmer book contains much of what I've loved about his others - a deep understanding of the human condition, and a hopeful and powerful approach to building community. But "Healing the Heart of Democracy" combines his thoughtful writing with a topic that feels quite topical - the sad state of our American democracy, and what we as citizens can do to reclaim it. Palmer writes about five "habits of the heart" that are required to be a constructive citizen in a democracy, and I found them thought-provoking and useful. They seem to me a sort of constructive antidote to the "fight or flight" reflex we see in so many today, who resist engaging with others different from themselves and who look at compromise as a dirty word. This book gave me hope where lately I have found little evidence for it, and for that reason alone it was worth reading. But in addition, as with all Palmer's books, it was inspirational, informative and beautifully written.