Everyone can lead when everyone around them agrees. How about when your conscience tells you what’s right differs from everyone around you?
Bob Inglis is a former Congressman from South Carolina—the reddest district in the reddist state, as he puts it. The short story is that he stated he believed the science behind climate change. That was ten years ago. They voted him out.
You’ll hear in this episode the story of how he transformed to take such a risk, how he responded, and what’s come since. Last month he “endorsed Joe Biden for president Monday, arguing the Democratic nominee will help stabilize American politics and restore the country’s institutions.”
I’m linking to his two TEDx talks, a Frontline interview, and his new organization, RepublicEN, which I recommend no matter your political views. I consider acting on your values leadership. I’ve met or heard of few people who have led on sustainability as much as Bob. Many people on the left talk about it, but haven’t led—that is, they’ve mostly spoken to people who already agreed with them. They haven’t worked with hearts and minds.
Most of us want to act on ours but hold ourselves back. I bet you’ll find him a role model for actions you’ve held back on, whether related to nature or elsewhere in life.
We talk about meaning, purpose, and faith. I hope we can wrestle the wedge from those at the poles of our polarized society, as Bob spoke at the end.