Kris and I met at Global Gallery Fair Trade Coffee, in Clintonville, January 3, 2018. For about 30 years he has owned and operated Keller Chiropractic. And I came to learn that in his youth he was raised and worked a family dairy farm on the outskirts of Columbus.
As his forebears developed their Harmony Farms All-Star Dairy, eventually Kris helped as a milkman, delivering fresh dairy products to families on his route in Columbus. As a medical professional for decades, he still attributes his work ethic and his problem-solving ability to his family’s farming occupation. DIY is part of a farmer’s DNA.
Kris’ CORE VALUES: “Every person has value, and has VALUES.” He stressed the latter upon my request for clarification. As humans, we’re all motivated by the same basic needs, regardless of ideology. Our departure from this common ground is our MEANS of fulfilling such needs. Some are driven by fear, some are inspired with love. Kris credits his parents, as he grew up watching their treatment of all people with respect. And his participation in Compassionate Communication provided him the structure to apply his core values, as per their “mission to promote peace, eliminate violence, and work through
conflict systematically using Nonviolent Communication (NVC).” Such values contributed to his 2016 political campaign to earn a seat as a representative in Ohio’s 24th House District, encompassing parts of Clintonville, Upper Arlington and Hilliard. Essentially, he ran on a three-part platform:
*Bringing compassion and civility back to politics.
*Developing creative solutions to community issues.
*Communicating and collaborating with my community.
Kris summarized his goal as “Good Government Is Based On Civil Discourse.
I became active in my community because I saw an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.” 24th District voters did not send Kris to The Statehouse November 8, 2016, but he found his campaign rewarding, and had the opportunity to personally engage with voters, hear other viewpoints, and “get out of his bubble.”
Current PERSONAL MISSION: To recover his own energies and consolidate resources, after years of giving to the community and operating his professional practice.
His EARLIEST MEMORY: As the son of a US Army officer stationed in post-World War II Germany, he recalls walking with his father on a sidewalk and viewing goldfish swimming in a channel along the path. He also remembers, at about age 18-months, helping his grandfather handle pieces of firewood.
How he describes his FEELING of our CONNECTIVITY with others: “Warmth, safety, acceptance, unconditional love.”
On SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: He is personally near the ABUNDANCE pole of this spectrum, but his concern is that our society has needs in the distribution of our abundance, as he circles back to his earlier point, the differences in our means of satisfying our need to feel secure, to deal with FEAR…of not having enough, of the fear of our mortality.
What is Kris’ proverbial “BOX” that we’re so often encouraged to “THINK OUTSIDE OF?” As he was raised with a strong attitude of “FIX-IT, getting it done,” he feels his BOX is his skills, experience, and confidence in solving problems. To get out of this box means seeking help from others, going outside his own resources. To illustrate, when he ran his political campaign, he hired a manager.
Where do his IDEAS ORIGINATE: “Science Fiction. Reading Frank Herbert, Heinlein, and other authors provided him “freedom to explore ideas in an unfettered universe.”
On UNCERTAINTY: Kris’ first inclination when faced with uncertainty, to “Try the unknown.” He quotes his farming grandfather, “Let’s do something, even if we do it wrong!”
The CHANGE he wishes to catalyze: To create human connections and ease channels of communication, “ONE HUMAN INTERACTION AT A TIME!” He believes the tool of social media presents an effective opportunity to this end.
COLUMBUS/US/OUR WORLD IN 2023: He’s hopeful, citing social media as the “marketplace of ideas,” in grappling with ideological differences. Kris is confident that solutions need not be “EITHER/OR,” but that problems are merely “bumps along the road of civilization in the pursuit of justice.” He hopes that the skill of thought, critical thinking, not become a lost art. “We’ll figure it out.”
Much THANKS to you, Kris.
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