There is a growning sense of peril for our democracy. How can we have a shared democracy if the pool of shared values is drying up and discourse is being stamped out? Gone are the days when I could only blame the far right. Today, the culture of victimization has created a new religious dogma amplified by social media and 24hr cable news. Have we really become a nation of triggered snowflakes stuck in perpetual identity crisis? And if this is a minority, how is it that the majority continues to enable them?
Perhaps what is lacking is what psychologists call "seek first to understand, then to be understood." As social animals, we can use words to inflict harm, but also to heal. Do we really place more value in being righteous, than in being whole? Are we so fragile that we cannot tolerate dissenting views with openess and intellectual humility? Technology helped to propel us into this sorry situation, can it not also help us evolve past it? I can think of no greater good than for Cake to serve as a place that somehow brings together people from opposing views. Can Cake help turn down the volume?