Sep 28, 2009
Compromise is Old Fashioned
I find that now I tend to agree with my father’s way of thinking in most things but I recognize my grandfather’s influence in some of the opinions I have formed. Dad and I sometimes have heated discussions of our own. But I love and respect him even if I don’t agree with everything he says.
The table pounding didn’t alarm me, it fascinated me. It taught me so many important lessons. I learned that often there are no easy answers. I learned that passion about ideas is important. I learned that it’s important to hear both sides of an argument before you make up your mind about something.
I fear that thoughtful consideration of the issues isn't a common practice these days. Subtleties and nuances are lost. We want the quick fix and the easy answer. We've been trained that way by the idiot box. Everything is about the sound bite and the gotcha. The shock factor has become the barometer for coverage. It all gets wrapped up in nice little 60 second packages with enticing graphics and no need for thought.
This is the reason we have become so intolerant. Opposing points of view are rarely presented side by side in any rational way. I worry about this country's ability to make good collective decisions. Common sense flies right out the window because of some poorly chosen words. Especially if they play upon fear. Isn't that how George W. got his second term?
Have things really changed or was I placing too much faith in the American people all along?