Solving the World’s Problems from Seats 11A and 12A

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

I consider myself blessed to sit beside very engaging and talkative people on planes. Yesterday was no different. (Confession time: I sat in the wrong seat and the gentleman who was assigned to that seat kindly allowed me to stay there. So an unintentional swap, that turned into a conversation of a lifetime for me.) The gentleman who eventually claimed the seat beside me was garbed in camouflage attire. And so the conversation undoubtedly turned to the weather. He admitted that he was from Montana and that he was in Mississippi to film a hunting show, and that he absolutely loved Mississippi for its picturesque landscape and rural character. Score one for the Great State of Mississippi!

So, of course me not knowing much about hunting inquired about high fence hunting. Well, I was listening to a call-in Mississippi radio show and the heated discussions were related to high fence deer hunting and how bad it would be for the average hunter. And so David from Montana by way of Texas explained to me the debate around high fence hunting–apparently generates significant revenue in the state of Texas. A proposed Mississippi Senate Bill (SB 2530) would have allowed “genetically enhanced deer breeding in Mississippi,” failed in the Senate yesterday. Click here to read the failed legislation.

While interested in the story of high fence hunting, etc., David from Montana, a white man talked to this African American woman from Mississippi about just about every controversial topic you could imagine. And the dialogue, the conversation was delightful and refreshing. We disagreed, but through these discussions on various topics from abortion to race relations, we found that we had more in common than not. Through our differences we found that we, white man and black woman, wanted the same thing for our respective states and country–prosperity, not just prosperity of wealth, but comprehensive prosperity if you will, and that is good health and wealth of the mind, body, and soul; we both wanted to see more intraracial, interracial, and more cross party debates and discussions where we actually listen to the other individual(s). Out of these David said that crossing the other aisle, if you will (whether partisan politics, race, or gender), would result in more fruitful realizations that otherwise would have been missed. For that David, I thank you.


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