Civility in the United States

We are in a time like no other.

Each of us has access to more information than ever before.

Each of us has the ability to spread information (via the internet) more than ever before.

And those with the loudest voices are usually the ones who are heard.

Unfortunately, a loud voice means nothing regarding truth.

And everyone has a point of view.

The line between truth and opinion is becoming blurry in the political world.

And the line between disagreement, debate, respect, & civility; has become blurred with disagreement, threats, and violence.

Come on people…..

Stop the violence, stop the hatred, stop the bitterness, and

Start listening, start reading, start talking, start debating.

I wonder how many of you are in your own little cocoon world of like thinkers and never listen to the other side, the other viewpoints?

20 years ago, I lived in a little bubble world of Christianity in Detroit of all places.

I worked for a Christian radio station, most of the music I listened to was from Christian artists and most of my friends were Christians.

There were some bitter disagreements within the radio station employees about Christian beliefs at times. But for the most part, we got along.

Today, my world has expanded greatly. I am still a Christian, I am still firm in my beliefs, and I am richer because I also know and understand others beliefs and convictions regarding God, Politics, and many other subjects.

This expansion was not done by someone yelling at me, or screaming that I was wrong, or threats or any of that type of behavior.

I urge you to calm down.
Shut off the hype coming from the left extremists.
Shut off the hype coming from the right extremists.
Set a new agenda of finding common ground and build on that.
Ignore the areas of disagreement for awhile.
Build relationships with “the enemy” based on these common ground issues.
Listen with an open heart and mind.

Restore Civility to our civilization we call the United States of America.

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