What happens when we all stop talking to each other?

Do you remember, as a child, being told that the two topics to avoid were religion and politics?  It just wasn’t nice and because so many people share such different views, it could create hostile feelings.  We were told to avoid argument and conflict at all cost, for the sake of politeness.

So, heeding the advice of our wise parents, what is the state of our nation now?  Who frames the debates in our great country if we as its citizens, don’t?  The answer of course, is a rhetorical one; “They” do.  The politicians, bureaucrats, and loud fringe groups are happy to take on the challenge of having these discussions while we in the silent majority just sit back and be…well, silent.

Political correctness has taken the place of politeness and complacency has taken the place of eternal vigilance.  The rhetoric has gotten downright vitriolic so rather than argue, we might watch the news, take in the talking points that we feel support our “side” (if we even have one), and then what?  Keep it to ourselves?

Ronald Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

The great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  How our tax dollars are spent matters.  Laws passed by our legislature matter.  How we treat those who truly cannot help themselves, matters.  The fact that our national debt is now over $14 trillion certainly matters.  All of these things don’t just matter now but they will matter for generations to come.  This means that the discussions we are having now, will frame what the future will look like for our children, and their great grandchildren.

I challenge you to have a civil conversation with someone whom you might not agree with.  You may find you have more in common with them than you realize.  Even if you don’t find you have anything in common, you may come to respect why they have the opinions they do, as we’re all shaped by our own unique experiences in one way or another.  The bottom line is that we need to unite on the things that we agree on and from there and only there, we can try and compromise on the things that we don’t.

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