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Recovering Civility (not tomorrow but today)

February 4, 2017

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I don’t think it is a problem that people in America disagree on things. In fact, I think that is a good thing. If everyone in my life agreed with me on everything, I would live unchallenged. And as good as that initially sounds, it is antithetical to my growth as a human being.

The problem is that we disagree disagreeably. Most disagreeably.  And it is getting worse, not better.  The reality is that many people don’t know how to have civil discourse concerning the things upon which they disagree.  It is not always their fault. Many Americans are simply not equipped to have difficult discussions so they keep silent and rob the public conversation of their voice. These people may well be the majority but we have no metrics to measure them. In fact, they seem inclined to say publicly what they are “supposed” to say and privately hold…

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