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Is it possible to discuss the issues we face?
Mar 13, 2008
A number of years ago I read “The Closing of the American Mind” by Allen Bloom. As I remember he wrote about a world where people no longer believed “truth” was something to be discovered but was only an opinion of where all were equal. I have been disheartened for the last several years as I have been in too many conversations which ended with “well that is just your opinion”. When I watch clips of the presidential candidates I hear one of them say the equivalent of “yes it is” and response is “no it isn’t”. There seems to be so little real conversations about the hard issues. I fear we are becoming a nation which can not engage is serious conversation. After this weekend’s PMOC retreat I had the privilege of taking our speaker to Frankfurt and have dinner with him before his flight to the USA. Over the weekend we had gotten to know each other a little. He is friends with George W. Bush, widely read, friendly, smart and a conservative republican. At dinner I thought I would try a conversation about some of the issue that our country is facing. It was a remarkable conversation. Although we disagreed on key points of policy we were both able to admit there are enough variables that it is hard to know for sure what the correct course is. We agreed on the basic facts surrounding the issues and agreed that the public discourse is bordering on the absurd. We agreed that when people “hate” a candidate or think they are an “idiot” they are not thinking very deeply about the issues at hand. At the end of the dinner I think I understand the informed conservative position better. I also believe that he gained some insight into how a person who is really committed to Jesus could be a “liberal democrat”.
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