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A Need for Civil Discourse

posted Dec 22, 2010, 10:24 AM by Robert Alexander   [ updated Dec 22, 2010, 10:44 AM ]
Perhaps due to political correctness or some false etiquette the conversation of real meaning has been long lost to our culture.  Rules of polite conversation, no religion or politics, have removed the meaning of life and how we are to treat our fellow man from the topics.  Without such topics our conversation is void of challenge and of consequence.  The result seems to be that we still have strong words but little skill on how to use them. Words like persuasion and manipulation are interchanged depending only on the desired connotation. The connotation is then used in place of argument and becomes the basis for an indictment as unethical.  All strong words indeed, but words made more and more meaningless with every reckless use.  
I am certainly not asking anyone to refrain from speaking their mind.  Anyone who knows me knows I have no such intention.  I am saying care should be taken to state the facts as facts and conjecture as conjecture.  If you use strong words, back them up.  If you are critical of a process, propose the alternative.  These are serious times and there is much to be done.  We will need powerful words for conversations of real consequence.  Do not waste them petty accusations. 
Robert Bruce Alexander,
a.k.a. Alexander of York