Module 3.2 – All

Module 3.2 - Living in Honor

How do you see politics (i.e. wrestling for control or power) in the workplace? What are the destructive side effects of a political mindset? Let’s try to look at a political mindset in broader terms. Think of someone famous you don’t like very much. Maybe it’s a political figure with whom your ideology disagrees, or a celebrity that you don’t like for whatever reason. Don’t think about people who have committed crimes, necessarily, but one or two whom you find disagreeable for whatever reason. Ask yourself, “What if that person isn’t evil or stupid?” Do some research on the person. Are they a parent or grandparent? Do you think their family values them and loves them? Find something good about that person and examine them in light of that truth. Write in you Core `2Journal about how your life would be affected if you could see your “enemies” as valuable people. How would showing them honor change the way you live and work?

Name: Micah Ruiz Esparza

Politics is everywhere. It seems like everyone is looking for power. I think this comes from a pauper mindset. They see the resources as finite and so they are doing all they can to grab power so they can be safe. I see it happen in jobs where people are trying to get promoted. I see it in families where children are trying to become the favorite. I see it in marriages where one person is trying to be right and win every argument and even get their friends involved. It is incredibly destructive in the workplace because it gets rid of teamwork. Every motive can turn selfish and those who actually deserve to be moved up can be pushed down because someone knows how to say all of the right things to get what they want. It causes tension and anxiety in places where there shouldn't be.

I work hard to view everyone as a human being with inherent value. Certain people it can be hard. There are a few people on tiktok who are quite unpleasant people who perpetuate very harmful and destructive ideas with no remorse. I think the way I can see good in them is to see that their hatefulness and toxicity comes from a place of fear. They fear what would happen if they were wrong. They fear for their own safety if they were to lose their power and be humbled and held accountable. I have felt some of these same fears so I have an understanding. But this fear sucks compassion and empathy out of them. I still struggle to see them in a good light because they do so much harm and influence too many people to believe them.

How do you see politics (i.e. wrestling for control or power) in the workplace? What are the destructive side effects of a political mindset? Let’s try to look at a political mindset in broader terms. Think of someone famous you don’t like very much. Maybe it’s a political figure with whom your ideology disagrees, or a celebrity that you don’t like for whatever reason. Don’t think about people who have committed crimes, necessarily, but one or two whom you find disagreeable for whatever reason. Ask yourself, “What if that person isn’t evil or stupid?” Do some research on the person. Are they a parent or grandparent? Do you think their family values them and loves them? Find something good about that person and examine them in light of that truth. Write in you Core `2Journal about how your life would be affected if you could see your “enemies” as valuable people. How would showing them honor change the way you live and work?

Name: Jill West

I actually did some research on Donald Trump back before the election. My family and friends were so adamant about him being the best and I felt like I owed it to myself to be diligent in my research.

I do not think he is inherently evil. I believe that he is naive in some ways that benefited those who wanted to use him, due to his lack of real life experience. I’ve known of him for my entire life because my family spent a lot of time in Atlantic City. He has always been a ruthless businessman but why wouldn’t he be? His ways work and I’ve seen those same ways work for many of the capitalists I’ve personally worked with. He was raised to be the way he is and he is being true to his raising.

Personally, I feel as though he was not equipped to deal with the strength of his opposition. The media and his political opponents knew exactly how to make him look bad. He was guilty of feeding into their desires to make him look like a lunatic. I watched hours of press conferences and interviews where his overestimation of his intelligence was exploited. Everything that ended up happening (the insurrection, the blatant racism, etc) was simply a result of him honestly believing what he was being told by the extremely manipulative right wing media and politicians.

I often said “where the hell are his handlers???” because he was being served up like a sacrificial lamb. It may have been because he refused to have handlers or listen to anyone. It makes sense because you do learn not to trust anyone when you’re in businesses like his.

He didn’t run for president to destroy the country. He was not qualified for the position and was used by others who were way more versed in politics - one BOTH sides. He is a pawn in a much bigger game and was used by the Republican party because of his popularity and ability to spin bullshit. He is honestly nothing more than a spoiled brat who wants to get his way at all costs. He has never had to face consequences for his actions in business and, naturally, he didn’t want to face consequences in politics. He just is who he is.

I don’t hate him but I do think he has a lack of intelligence. His family values seem to be slightly better than those he learned when he was growing up so that’s good… ish. He likely has a personality disorder and, like my mother, can only be expected to act upon it. He seems to like his kids, especially Ivanka...

He wants to be relevant and feel love because I don’t think he has ever truly felt it. When crowds scream his name and wear his hats, he feels loved. It’s sad, really. I feel sorry for him because I imagine his inner voice is loud and nasty. Nobody can have as many horrible things said about them as he has and not feel something.

He did honestly do some good things for VA healthcare while he was in office. He cut some of the dead weight and many horrible, overpaid doctors and staff were let go. Healthcare for veterans has been awful for decades and it is much better now. I believe that he sincerely wanted to cut wasteful government spending… he just wanted it to benefit himself and his friends. I mean, I guess that’s being a good friend and trying to make sure his children are provided for in the only way he knows how?

I really tried to find the good and the best I can find is sadness over someone who succeeded in business but failed to ever find love and acceptance. I do have empathy for him because he lived a shallow life and I don't think anyone around him cares for him beyond what benefits them. It's a sad existence. Money can't buy everything.

How do you see politics (i.e. wrestling for control or power) in the workplace? What are the destructive side effects of a political mindset? Let’s try to look at a political mindset in broader terms. Think of someone famous you don’t like very much. Maybe it’s a political figure with whom your ideology disagrees, or a celebrity that you don’t like for whatever reason. Don’t think about people who have committed crimes, necessarily, but one or two whom you find disagreeable for whatever reason. Ask yourself, “What if that person isn’t evil or stupid?” Do some research on the person. Are they a parent or grandparent? Do you think their family values them and loves them? Find something good about that person and examine them in light of that truth. Write in you Core `2Journal about how your life would be affected if you could see your “enemies” as valuable people. How would showing them honor change the way you live and work?

Name: inpower Test

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