There is nothing wrong with holding an opinion, and holding it passionately.
But at those times when you’re absolutely sure that you’re right, talk with someone who disagrees,
and if you constantly find yourself in the company of those who say “amen” to everything that you say,
find other company.
Condoleezza Rice, 2012 Commencement speech, Southern Methodist University
It ain’t where you start in life,
its where you end up,
and what you did along the way.
Colin Powell, 2012 commencement speech, City College of New York
That folks, sums up what being a great American is all about. These two Americans, a Retired General and Former Secretary of State, holding such respected positions in our Government, shows the dream in our Declaration of Independence of “All men (& women) are created equal” is the “JUST & RIGHT” goal of our society.
I am painfully re-learning, after “speaking with a true believer” from the opposition, (one who believes exactly the opposite of what I do), that arguing with the opposition can be very upsetting and disturbing. However upon reflection, and a little studying with Utah’s guidance today, I realize, it wasn’t my opponents improper arguments that made me angry. I was upset with myself. My own inability to eloquently explain my position, and articulately point out the flaws in my opposition’s reasoning and viewpoint.
I have always believed it is true strength that allows one to look at issues from a different perspective, and admit:
- “Wow, my previous views were wrong”, or
- “My position was correct, but for all the wrong reasons”, or
- “I have learned something new and now I believe differently”, or
- “I can explain my views in a new and better way”.
Those of you reading the RNL are probably part of “the Choir”. I am attempting to rise to the challenge of learning and spreading knowledge. I challenge all of you to do the same. We must learn our glorious and G-d given history, and share and teach our history to ALL who will listen, including the opposition. Through reasoned and articulate discussion or argument, the UNDECIDED others who are listening, can be brought to support us, not the opposition. Can we bring some of the opposition out of “darkness” along the way?
Articulating with a NEW LANGUAGE and a NEW UNDERSTANDING might just “touch” the opposition differently. More importantly, reasoned argument will persuade the “fence straddler” to jump to our side. Maybe some of our opposition will reflect and bring themselves to a new understanding that allows them to “see” what is so clearly evident to “us”.
Please feel free to figuratively “knock me upside the head” when I’m off on a rant and so sure I’m correct, that I don’t see the obvious flaw. Or that my argument is so juvenile that it is completely wrong, or, correct but reasoned incorrectly.
Here is (raise your favorite beverage) to our Founding fathers, who argued, and wrote, and fought, for a free and open discourse in order to insure LIBERTY to America through REASON.