Gertrude, Palo Alto:
Compassionate listening is used worldwide in conflict situations. Small groups of people from each side tell each other their views. They feel better that they have been heard. We need this all over our country.
I think we should start an unofficial holiday and call it either Love Day or Brotherhood or Sisterhood Day or Universal Brotherhood Day. The point of the holiday is to celebrate us all being one people. It could be a holiday that any country could celebrate. We could do it here by state, by county, and nationwide. That’s my idea.
Deborah, San Francisco:
I listen to KALW all the time and I thought about your question today. What should we do to bring people in this country together? I think to bring people in this country together, the foundation for that is one uniformed language. And that would be English. So that everybody is on the same playing field. When you speak all of these different languages as the operating language, no one can communicate and no one can come together because no one can speak together. Now, if one wants to keep their native language from whatever country they come from then great. No problem. But in terms of doing commerce, public transportation, public buildings, hospitals… all the things. They should all be under one language so that I could go to my neighbor and speak to that person in English, even though that person may speak Chinese, Spanish, French, whatever. That’s what I think would help bring people in this country together. And you should actually say this on the radio because that is the foundation of communicating. That’s it. I hope you find this helpful information and really consider it. And not be PC about it. Because if everybody spoke English just like in France everybody speaks French, just like in Italy everybody speaks Italian, and in Japan everybody speaks Japanese. I’m sure those countries do not have their driver’s licenses in ten different languages just to serve a few people. Everybody’s expected to speak Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese. And I think that you should start promoting that on your radio station and not make it a racist thing, but make it a unifying thing so that people in this country can come together. Thank you so much.