MAD Gets Irate

SouthPark, thank you for the reference to the NY Times article and pointing me in the right direction. There is a lot to be said about the experiences we go through and the experiences from which we learn...or hopefully learn. I further went on to look into Shelley H. Carson's publication from June 2006, Mindfulness and Self-Acceptance in the Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, whose work was cited in that article. It makes a good read, especially on the topic of the Mindfulness of Mistakes (p. 35):"...making mistakes is an indicator that one is willing to engage with the environment and try things even when the outcome is uncertain" and "[t]he mindful approach to past mistakes is to look at them from multiple perspectives and find the perspective that provides either new knowledge, motivation for change, and/or an opportunity to teach others a valuable lesson." This leads me to the following questions: now that the MAD has come to fruition - why does the goal exist to dissolve or petition against it by opponents of the MAD who always had the idea it was wrong (in other words, a mistake)? Why can’t I, as a Golden Hill community member (who happens to be keen on the neighborhood), or my neighbors with young children, simply see the benefits of a clean, green and safe community, for which an assessment district given a budget, has the objective to provide, regardless of the political ties and what not? If the community worked hard to provide a slate of unbiased candidates for the MAD who subsequently were voted onto the MAD, shouldn’t those "unbiased" individuals represent my voice, too? Why can’t the valuable lesson be that a MAD can work even if the belief exists that they do not?
— May 26, 2008 3:38 p.m.

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