I have been thinking a lot lately about things like reaching out for truth in a “post-truth” society and reaching out to the “other” when the first impulse is to attack. Elizabeth Lesser offers not just advice, but powerful lived examples, in her October 2016 TED Talk, Say your truths and seek them in others:
You don’t have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you, to offer the marrow of your soul and to seek it in another. We can all do this. We can be like a new kind of first responder, like the one to take the first courageous step toward the other, and to do something or try to do something other than rejection or attack. We can do this with our siblings and our mates and our friends and our colleagues. We can do this with the disconnection and the discord all around us. We can do this for the soul of the world.