Faith, Gratitude, and Consensus

This study examines the differences between five inaugural addresses delivered by three US Presidents. This book describes the technique used, themes within the inaugurals, different stages of inclusivity expressed by the US Presidents, and variances in an expanded set of eleven speeches.

Non-Fiction > Social science > Political science > Comparative politics

Published - 16 January 2020

Words - 16,830

Language - English

ISBN - 9780463056653

Tags - Developmentalism, inaugural, inclusivity, repeatability, speech, textual analysis, themes, variance

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Released on 16 September 2019

This book explores faith for today, gratitude for tomorrow, and consensus for the future. Faith is described as trusting enough to share with others. Gratitude is described as an optimal emotional state. Consensus is described as the best form of decision making currently within our reach.

The chapters describe the layers of complexity which underlie faith, then gratitude, then consensus. The layers of faith are self, family, groupthink, roles, integrity, humanity, and ecology. The layers of emotions are confused, resentful, oppressed, numb, obligated, entitled, serene, vigilant, and grateful. The layers supporting consensus are autocracy, aristocracy, democracy, and representation. Consensus can be practiced with most levels of faith and most emotional states, but the results will only be maximized when we act with integrity and focus on gratitude.

The core of this ebook is summarized with twelve practices for consensus:

  • We begin by surrendering our personal egos and seek only the will of our higher power.

  • We believe our higher power desires the best for our group, service, and fellowship.

  • We turn our self-will over to the guidance we receive from our higher power.

  • We examine ourselves and our motivations without judging those around us.

  • We use honesty in all our conversations - we say what we mean and mean what we say.

  • We either trust the outcome as a valid expression of higher power’s will, or we clearly say why we doubt.

  • We humbly support the group even if the final decision is not what we had thought it would be.

  • We act with integrity to do what we have agreed without trying to subvert the process.

  • We take responsibility for our part in the consensus and do not blame others if problems arise.

  • We strive to complete the work, understanding we might need to change our plans as we proceed.

  • We focus on the primary purpose - which is to help new members find their place in this program.

  • We practice these principles in all aspects of our lives.

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