Five Reads: Redeem the Soul of our Nation, Use your Social Network for Social Justice, Coping with Uncertainty and More

Here are five articles that had me thinking over the last two weeks or so.

As always, please follow reputable news sources to stay informed and do your best to stay healthy (physically and mentally).

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
John Lewis. The New York Times

Key quote: “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Read the rest here.

Use Your Social Network as a Tool for Social Justice
Raina Brands and Aneeta Rattan. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “You have a bigger sphere of influence than you realize. Most people think about their immediate circle of friends as their audience. However, research in the study of social networks has shown they are wrong. Your ideas and behaviors ripple out from you, influencing your friends, friends of friends whom you may not even know, and friends of those friends as well.” Read the rest here.

Seven Ways to Cope with Uncertainty
Christine Carter. Greater Good Magazine

Key quote: “But sometimes—maybe always—it’s more effective not to attempt to create certainty. Though evolution might have rigged our brains to resist uncertainty, we can never really know what the future will bring. And in improbable situations like the pandemic, which has massively disrupted our routines and utterly destroyed our best-laid plans, we need to learn to live with ambiguity.” Read the rest here.

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic
Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris. The Atlantic

Key quote: “Human beings are deeply unwilling to change their minds. And when the facts clash with their preexisting convictions, some people would sooner jeopardize their health and everyone else’s than accept new information or admit to being wrong.” Read the rest here.

A Vaccine Reality Check
Sarah Zhang. The Atlantic

Key quote: “If the pandemic so far is any indication, a vaccination program is likely to take place against a backdrop of partisanship and misinformation. Already, conspiracy theories are spreading about a COVID-19 vaccine, some of them downright outlandish. But the emphasis on speed—as in “Operation Warp Speed”—has also created real worries about vaccines being rushed to market.” Read the rest here.

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