We Just Disagree…
In the past week I’ve had some very interesting discussions among family and friends regarding issues that have arisen in media. What I love about this discussion is that while there is passion and discord, there is civility in the tone to which the debates occur. Civility. There is a word that seems to be missing in our vocabulary in our society today. It seems that our passionate debates and differences take on heated exchanges in public squares. One side feels that it must shout down another to be heard, while the other combats with their own style of vile bile of discord. Is this how we move forward? What is the point of blaming either side? How do we move forward on these issues if we spend the energy in blaming each other or shouting down the message?
Our freedom speech allows us in this country the ability to express ourselves. It does not us give us the right to feel as if our side is right over another. If we as a country are going to move forward we need to find common ground on which we can stand and understand that everyone has a right to stand for their values. Respect is given when respect is shown. It is not a difficult concept to understand. I find those who lack the civility in their argument to be lacking the ability to have a valid argument in the first place. For me, I hear better when you are not raising your voice. The louder the voice, the more I seem to tune out the discussion. Our forefathers fought for our freedoms, and they could never have imagined the discord we would face in our society today.
This post isn’t a political statement, rather, it’s a statement about those standing tall in the saddle about ones values. It should be respected when a leader or anyone for that matter has the fortitude to stand up and not waiver to public opinion to push aside their principles to appease one group or another. We should applaud the convictions of anyone who is willing to be true to themselves. Rather than cast stones we should value their principles and admit that we can respect their faith and disagree in civil tones.
My friends and family could maybe teach others a bit about this kind of discord. We come from all faiths, all walks of life and different points of view. We may not see eye to eye on issues but at the end of the day, we agree to disagree and respect each other for having the conviction and courage to stand in their values and principles. Our society should be so lucky to have such outstanding citizens and leaders with such great character.