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  •  When you can't see the bigger picture (13+ / 0-)

    you nitpick the details.

    Obama is not even president yet and he's moving the country in a new direction. You don't do that by sweeping everything out of the way and starting over again. That would be destabilizing, and chances are it would backfire in the same way much of the 60s revolutionary change backfired. You create permanent change by moving forward one step at a time.

    In learning theory there's something called cognitive dissonance: The shock and denial we experience when we learn something that is so new we cannot incorporate it into our existing understanding. If you want to minimize cognitive dissonance while enabling change, you need to move slowly. One step at a time. That means you don't change everything at once, and that feels reassuring and engenders trust.

    Some liberals are too anxious. They want everything to change and they want it NOW. The only problem with that is that it will not and does not work that way--not unless you want the Repubs back in the White House in 2012.

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    by sunflight on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 07:26:22 AM PST

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