The Honor Blog
Today is: Dec 9, 2022
Post From: Apr 4, 2021
Well, it has been quite some time since I posted anything here. The reason is pretty simple: politics. Last fall, as I watched the political scene unfolding, watched what was happening to the public conversation, I ran into trouble figuring out how to post something non-political.
As I have been wrestling with this, I find myself wondering why it is important to remove politics from our conversations. After all, political questions are important - they have to do with the level of freedom we experience as Americans, and that is meaningful and worth discussing. After all, it is only with good conversations that we will be able to safeguard our freedoms in the healthiest way possible - we need to make good decisions.
However, for some reason, political conversation is . . . well, dangerous, right now. I see two factors producing that situation - and while I don't know what to do about them, I think it has to help if we can get them out in the open.
The first thing I see is that there is a great deal of hate and rage which appears almost instantly in public conversations. Disagreement is not met with an attempt to understand - it is met with rage and violence.
The other thing that I see is that activists seem intent on forcing political issues into every aspect of our lives. For much of its history, there was a spirit of "live and let live" which infused the American experience. That is gone - activists seem intent on driving their political views into every facet of American life.
These are serious problems. Honestly, I would rather not talk about politics all the time. As I said, I think those conversations are important, and I would like to be able to engage in them, so that Americans can make good decisions about governance - but I really would rather talk about other things most of the time.
Interestingly, I am not sure my kids see that. I think they feel that I bring political topics up all the time. However, my perception is that I am not, in fact, the originator - I am reacting, rather than starting the conversation.
I don't know - maybe I am wrong. But I suggest you spend a moment reflecting on your recent conversations. Did you find yourself having to choose your words carefully during any of them? Most of them? All of them?
I don't think it is healthy the way we are forced to censor ourselves on a daily basis, in conversations which should be either innocuous or safe for honest disagreement.