You reap what you sow. That aphorism is well known to us in the Midwest. The reality is a bit more complicated. Your harvest is affected by the soil, the quality of the seed, the weeds that grow, the sun and rain, and other conditions at the time of harvest. For example, if you poison your soil, it may help your yield in the first year. Over time though, yields will decline. Failure to weed may ruin your crop, or at least diminish your returns. If you don’t have the right weather conditions or sufficient labor at the time for the harvest, your crop may rot in the field.
In politics, as in farming, you reap what you sow. The dismay expressed by many citizens over our bitterly partisan political system, and its inability to create broadly accepted and sustainable policies reflects a poor harvest or return on our collective efforts. The next few posts will examine conditions and practices that have led to our current state, and how a commitment by citizens to dialogue and more collaborative practices might lead to new growth and a more satisfying harvest.