Let's Be Open to Learning

There is so much that I don't know!

Back in my college days while taking a course called, *Christianity and Politics* I came to understand a supremely important truth."We're all bozos on this bus."

As I've thought long and hard about what I can offer to better help and support the people of Carroll County, District 5 (and indeed the entire citizenry of the great State of New Hampshire), I keep reminding myself that there is so much we can learn from one another. 

Whatever it is that I think I know, it is based on my personal perspective, an intimate storyline, a life made up of literally countless twists and turns that have created the only Knute Ogren that exists right now. It's impossible for someone to somehow just know how I think.  And I can't possibly know the other's perspective either. We have to listen and ask questions and take a risk to trust. When we open ourselves to learning about another's journey, another's perspective, it's more difficult for us to end up in our little tribes of comfort and familiarity. That tribal nature can be so harmful!

What would it look like were each one of us to be honest and humble ... recognizing that there are a lot of valuable resources in our community ... that, when harnessed, those resources can make us better than before?

I hope that the people of Carroll County, District 5 can be open to learning. I think that if we all open ourselves up to learning more, we can be stronger and better neighbors.

Let's Be Open to Learning

Let's Build Consensus

Let's Rely On Data

Let's Insist On Decency