A friend sent me a recent blog by a professor at West Chester University that speaks to the current climate we have regarding how we speak and, in too many cases, do not speak in civil tones to one another.
Have we lost the will to spend time in conversation? Does that push many to simply want to make their point while being apparently closed to seemingly opposite points of view?
Are the various talk show formats contributing to this loss of civility? Do they drive behavior or simply mimic what exists in our populace?
At times some speakers seem more intent on shouting their viewpoint than looking for common ground, an essential element in the problem solving process. Life with others involves seeking common areas of understanding and the willingness to debate differing points of view without rancor or demonizing our discussion partner.
What else might account for our inability to engage in deeper conversations over lengthy periods of time with a true intent to deepen understanding, share knowledge and come to an appreciation of the diversity amongst us.
Let the discussion begin………………….
Your correspondent is currently on a long distance road trip across the United States. While I am writing a journal, there will be fewer posts during the trip.
The size and diversity of this country is truly astounding when encountered by automobile travel. The rolling hills of CA give way to the deserts of CA, NV, and NM followed by the mountains around Albuquerque settling into the flatlands of North Texas where the wind blows and dust follows with little rain if any. Cattle feedlots of North Texas are beyond what the mind can contemplate. Oklahoma becomes greener and somewhat wetter as travel towards the east continues.
People travel in this country by car, motorcycle, bus, truck, bicycle and on foot. If you have never believed that America’s “stuff” moves by truck, spend a few days on the nation’s interstate highways. You name it and a truck carries it even if thousands of those trucks are loaded onto mile long freight trains to get them where their goods are delivered.
America has so much coal that trains longer than a mile carry it all over the country. And trains move day and night. Traveling along a highway gives rise to an eerie sight of a companion traveler at night, scarcely lit but moving car after railroad car either with or opposite your auto travel.
It’s hard to think of unemployment in this country with the tons of goods traversing this country from shore to shore. Perhaps it reflects the huge amount of goods imported here from overseas, especially China. At least truck drivers need not feel the threat of unemployment despite the spirit crushing separation from family required of so many long haul truckers……….to be continued
With pictures and my journal, you’ll be hearing about this trip in the weeks to come.
While the death penalty is being appealed the question must be raised about the administration of justice in Iran as regards converting from one faith to another. Is this unique to the Iranian Mullahs or is it practiced in any Islamic Republic operating under Islamic Law?
Apparently personal freedoms in Iran are secondary to the dictates of these representatives of the Prophet although from my limited reading about Muhammad I find it hard to square this behavior with his beliefs as the Founder of Islam. Somewhere in history, Islamic thought as propagated by Muhammad, was coerced into something fitting the mind and hearts of clerics. It makes one ask what the Prophet would say were he to return to Earth and observe the practice of the religion he gave to the world. Of course Jesus would be in the same fix as well I suppose would be Moses. It is disconcerting to think that three great faiths began with the best of intentions only to be forever disfigured in different ways by those left to be the stewards and guardians.
Full Disclosure: I am not a theologian and make not claims to represent any thoughts other than my own!
I recently accessed this website in my never-ending push to understand Islam and the Israel-Palestinian Authority question.
This particular website gives another viewpoint about the recent convictions of the Irvine 11 for denying the free speech rights of the Ambassador of Israel during a speech on the University of California-Irvine campus in the fall of 2010.
I offered a lengthy comment on the above website that is now awaiting moderation prior to publishing.
Without dialogue we are destined to continue to wallow in our stereotypes, misinformation and biases.
Watch this short TED presentation. You’ll never view the Web the same again.
Please leave a comment as I’m interested in your thoughts.
The current crop of GOP presidential aspirants has run somewhat aground.
Rick Perry’s vaunted jump into the race after weeks of cat and mouse saw him only faltering badly in the debates. Mitt Romney is getting Wall Street money but he’s not a favorite of the Republican base. Some might interject here to just follow the money, but I’m not convinced. Everyone else just putters along basking in a few minutes of partisan sunshine but ending up sound and fury, well partial fury, signifying nothing.
Now comes Christie who is young, articulate and, no-nonsense in his media relations being touted as perhaps the GOP savior. He, more than anyone else running thus far, would give Obama a competitive run for his money without question. He comes across on TV well and does not seem to have any earth-shattering political or personal baggage that could undermine his bid. He just has to be careful of negative responses borne of inexperience. But seeing as Obama has stepped in it Christie still has fouls to give. Apologies to the NBA!
Over the next few weeks look for him to assess his chances based upon how far down the current front runners, really only Romney and Perry despite Cain’s win in straw poll, fall in the polls that are being conducted at a furious rate at the present time.
Obama has a near fatal perception problem unlikely to be solved by a year from November. Given the right set of circumstances and barring any significant missteps, Chris Christie could well be GOP candidate and then GOP president.