On the Jewish calendar, this evening begins a new year—5770. So, although resolutions are not really part of the Rosh Hashanah tradition, at this time in our political, social and communications history, a few pledges, like the following, may be in order:
- We will allow winners to hold on to their microphones without jumping on stage to declare our own idiocy.
- We will allow our nation’s leaders to speak at their microphones without jumping in to generate even more unnecessary rancor.
- We will treat social networks as conversations, not platforms for spouting off while closing our ears to those with contrary opinions—or facts.
- We will try harder to be communication thought leaders, rather than constant thought beaters.
- We will focus in our communications on the best next steps for the country, not what merely is best for a political party in the next election, an unpredictable 3 or 4 years from now.
- We will shun bigotry in our communications, removing discrimination from our discourse on the paths we take as individuals and as a country.
Here’s hoping the new year will be a happier and healthier one for constructive dialogue.