“Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”
– Karl Becker, Participant in the Town Hall Presidential Debate of 2016
The second presidential debate was held just days after troubling audio was leaked of Donald Trump making incredibly lewd comments about women. It was also held just days after Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Speeches were released by WikiLeaks. Both candidates were definitely feeling the heat of the election when they stepped onto the stage. You could sense the hostility between the two of them from the moment the debate started. Which is why the way it ended is so important.
Being grounded means that you are in touch with things as they are. That means that, for example, while you may seriously dislike someone, you understand the limitations of that opinion. Almost everyone has something good about them, and absolutes, labels, and preconceived notions only help to distract us from that fact. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton didn’t even shake hands before the debate started. After being challenged to change their thinking, even for a minute or two, they managed to end that same debate in a more civil way. Many thanks to Karl Becker for taking us back to basics during this sensational election cycle.
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