living existing in daily contention, you and I, all of us together. We all insist we opinions matter, speech is free, journalism matters, diversity is honored, and yet that isn’t really true. In the last several days, days and days, arguments are erupting over gun rights, free speech, gay marriage, this, these, what, and who (or whom). People shouting here and there. Over there, too.
But it doesn’t matter.
It’s not conversation.
Nor is it even idle small talk.
All of it is canceling each other out. For every pro-here there is a con-there here. And of course, vice versa. And people are never people anymore, they are just objects to be shouted at. Voices to be silence by other voices. Talk and over talked. The art of civility has become of museum quality and even that is up for discussion.
Isn’t it always?
No longer is there a respect for dialogue. Now there is triumph in beating down opponents when there is no gain to be had. No trophies to be brought home, no participation medals for all those who have been equalized in ability. Gold stars for everyone do not exist here, where we are now. All we have created is a deafening silence where everyone talks but no one says anything. Silence without concentration. Silence without thought.
A silence where all mindful perspective has been cancelled.