Monday, September 14, 2009
It's a tragedy that many people become adults with no ability to listen to ideas they disagree with. Demonizing those with different views is an aggressiveness that should be discouraged. Political leaders who mock civility set a terrible example. Those who incite violence should be sanctioned. It is foolish to claim "you're either with us, or against us" - especially when key information is unknown, or details suppressed. It's important that platforms for discussion & debate be constructed and maintained. Otherwise we give up to the noisiest voice, the power of the truncheon, or mob rule.