What I really like about this is Mike is responding rather than reacting. It sounds like reacting and responding are the same thing, but they're not.
From Psychology Today:
A reaction is instant. It’s driven by the beliefs, biases, and prejudices of the unconscious mind. When you say or do something “without thinking,” that’s the unconscious mind running the show. A reaction is based in the moment and doesn’t take into consideration long term effects of what you do or say. A reaction is survival-oriented and on some level a defense mechanism. It might turn out okay but often a reaction is something you regret later.
A response on the other hand usually comes more slowly. It’s based on information from both the conscious mind and unconscious mind. A response will be more “ecological,” meaning that it takes into consideration the well-being of not only you but those around you. It weighs the long term effects and stays in line with your core values.
It got me thinking about how often we conservatives are jerked around by the left and we react instead of respond. We become angry and upset. That's no way to live and not a good way to be healthy.
Notice Mike is reasoned, measured, and logical - with a good dose of humor thrown in.
He's responding, not reacting!
Let's be more like Mike.
Rowe goes on to beautifully explain how logical fallacies, much like the one presented by Chuck Atkins, are largely to blame for the toxic political climate in the country right now.
Meanwhile, there were many other pearls of wisdom in Rowe’s epic rant.Here’s a great one demonstrating how pretty much everything can be misconstrued to develop whatever narrative is convenient for any given party at any given time…