Answering SomeJo’s questions
SomeJo asks – “where should we go if we fully support the war and the military?” I think it would be terrific if SomeJo would come right here to Metroblog and engage in a conversation, for starters. I also would love it if Somejo would write a letter to his or her newspaper of choice, and give his or her position. I’m not trying to start another war, between regular folks who have differences of opinion. I think it’s much more important that people talk to each other, demonstrate heartfelt respect for differences of opinion, and try to at least understand why someone might feel differently than they do. There is too much personal vindictiveness associated with politics in our country. There is far too little actual discussion and analysis among citizens.
It really upsets me, for example, when college students, or citizens in general, shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. I would much prefer to hear what someone has to say, even if I disagree with it. I don’t think that we all need to agree on the political direction of this country. I just think that people are so angry, Left and Right, that they won’t even listen to one another.
In a class I took at Queens College, called Media 701, the teacher sent a substitute one week. This “substitute” actually had a particular agenda that she foisted on the class, and it was completely left wing. She read her papers and articles to the class for 90 minutes. After the class I protested that she read to us, citing her opinions as fact, rather than engaging the class in discussion. Her response, “I give this lecture all over the country and I’ve never had any problems.”
It made me angry that she simply stated her beliefs as truths, rather than opting to present them as her own gathered evidence, and then invite the other students to critically research and analyze all of the facts.
So – to end this long answer to SomeJo – I would rather hear more about what you believe – and why – then for you to equate my post yesterday with shunning your opinion.
I don’t. I’d like to hear more.