Things got pretty ugly in Oregon recently, where protesters occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days led by Cliven and Ammon Bundy. The group was protesting federal government control over land in the western United States where cattle freely grazed. By the end, only four protesters remained … David Fry, Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, and his wife Sandy.
Then, a little over a week ago, Franklin Graham (#15 FCIL), son of famous evangelical preacher Billy Graham (#11 FCAL), posted on his Facebook page that he was heading to Oregon at the request of the wildlife refuge and the FBI. “Last night I was on the phone with them for several hours, was able to have prayer with them, and they have said they would come out today,” Franklin wrote. He had apparently spoken with the last occupiers every day for a whole week from an FBI checkpoint.
Of course, BTInsiders know that the #15 can be the ultimate negotiator, using their strategic prowess to harness people or groups toward a goal. Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “FCILs have the ability to comprehend complex issues and relate them to the layperson with ease.” If you have been following the standoff over the last long while, it indeed was a complex issue over property rights, but somehow Franklin (and others) were able to persuade the hard-lined group to lay down their arms. No doubt father Billy’s #11 influence has shaped Franklin’s character and behavior over the years to become a peacemaker whenever possible..
Lastly, when it comes to the quintessential negotiator, no Brain Type tops the #16 BCIL (think of Jimmy Carter and the Camp David Negotiations, or Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War). When “introverting,” the #15 has the ability to become like a #16, though that can be a difficult thing for them to do since they are compelled to get matters settled, right now, not mana. All to say, the wildlife refuge and FBI are certainly thankful to Franklin for taking the time to step in and avoiding a national crisis.
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