There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
Sustainable Progress is always inclusive and never exclusive. Conditioned by divisive politics of polarisation, we must understand that our society can never become enlightened if we do not bring growth to its every section or that no nation can achieve greatness if its neighbours do not grow good corn.
Thus exclusive thinking is cleverness as inclusive thinking is wisdom
This wisdom is dawning on nations and their leaderships as most of the 21st-century problems ( environment/ terrorism/ food/ water/ economic downturns) cannot be solved without inclusive thinking. So at international level this thought process is already happening.
However at community and individual levels we have to spread the awareness that it is only by ‘enlightened self interest’ that we can move forward. This message has to be repeated and reinforced by all liberals. Simultaneously we have to reject divisive politics and its propagators as being toxic. This post itself is a small effort in that direction.
If we cannot generate tides which lifts everyone up we have no future in the gravity business.