“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” –Thomas Jefferson (1808)
Principled discourse, political or not, allows for an opposition in ideas discussed freely and without hatred for the person but allowing the force of the ideas alone to win the day. We, as a nation, seem to have forgotten this. That’s sad.
We have some brilliant minds on all sides of the multiple questions facing the world today. Maybe if we spent more time listening and less time insisting that we be heard, more might be accomplished in a positive manner? Thuggish behavior in individuals can only breed more thuggish behavior until it pervades society as a whole. But then again, maybe that’s where we are heading? I hope not.
If you want to talk about resist this or that, here is my resistance. I resist giving anyone from any side a free pass to create violence and mayhem. I encourage all to learn, grow, and be everything that you’re meant to be and can be and perhaps should be. Oh, I know, we’re taught that there shouldn’t be any should, right? I think there is an ultimatum should. It’s called natural law. If we seek to defeat it, it will always win. God has a funny way about this….