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Most people can recall a discussion or social situation in which their political views conflicted with those of other participants. A recent poll conducted of Ohioans by the Institute for Civics and Public Policy found that two-thirds of respondents reported they had strained personal relationships because of the political environment and nearly 8 in 10 agreed that the current political environment was as toxic as it had ever been in their lifetimes.

Participating in society means coexisting with others and self-governance requires that individuals are able to come together to solve collective problems. With people feeling polarized within the current political climate, mindfulness can help remedy our civic engagement.


This is the 24th entry in the Critical Questions series.