Monday, January 02, 2017
Things To Keep In Mind For The New Year - 11 of 20
11. Make eye contact and small talk.
This is not just polite.
It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust.
If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.
Yale historian and Holocaust expert Timothy Snyder wrote: "Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so."
Snyder's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (which includes former Secretaries of State), and consults on political situations around the globe. He says:
Above, #11 of twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.