Before going too far, I should note that my blogging production will decrease in the future. If you are one of the ten-or-so people that read this blog, then you will have noticed already that the once a week pattern has recently been abandoned. For, you see, when I started this blog I was on vacation from work, and that is a period of time ripe for the Good Idea Fairy to strike. Since then, things like work, family, and my interests in other stuff have made this blog a rather low priority in my life. Still, I thought I would jot down a few words about a sad trend in person-to-person communication.
It seems that many of us have lost the ability to dialog. Whether in politics, religion, entertainment, or just about anything else, there is no willingness to show respect for those we disagree with. A conversation, especially on the internet, between two people who disagree on something can easily go like this:
Person A: “I like pork and beans.”
Person B: “Well, that’s because you’re an idiot. Pork and beans are only for slobs and lazy people without an education. Is that what you are? A lazy, uneducated slob?”
Fortunately, in recent months, I have found a weekly radio program out of the UK called Unbelievable? to be a breath of fresh air. It is a radio program that aims to bring together a Christian and non-Christian each week (there are exceptions) to discuss points of difference. There is a moderator, which is certainly necessary, but the guests as a whole are respectful of one another. Sadly, the exceptions to the civil discussions on this show almost exclusively come from people from the States, which is disappointing to say the least. But, I digress.
The point of this rambling post is just to say that we, as a people, should strive to be better at addressing arguments instead of attacking people. The ad hominem fallacy is so widespread today that it is seen as acceptable in many quarters. This is a shame, and it will ultimately lead to a dumbing down of our society by silencing voices.