There seems to be a disturbing lack of modesty these days. I’m not talking about physical exhibitionism. I’m talking about the nature of words. We (me included) flash thoughts into comment boxes and status updates without much thought. We tend to listen to people who agree with us. And then, when someone voices a different opinion, we pounce…its a feeding frenzy. I’ve long ago quit reading college football message boards…inane testosterone fueled drivel. And then along comes the election cycle…hard to avoid.
I read a post written by Ron Howard a couple days ago on the Huffington Post basically calling for for honest campaign ads…basically the candidate speaking into the camera in their own words with an American flag backdrop. No writers…no professional spin doctors…no film makers. Simply stating their positions on the germane issues of the day. If they are going to attack their opponent, it would be words coming directly out of their own mouth. I would love to see this happen. But of course no one would listen to those ads.
I recently engaged in a little flash discussion with some college buddies of mine. Both were roommates at one time or another. Both were groomsmen in my wedding. Here some 25ish years later, we find our selves in 3 different states separated by thousands of miles and pretty much on different sides on what has proven to be some very emotionally charged issues. Something pretty refreshing happened. We all presented our positions without calling each other names. Respectful dialogue…hmmm…. Imagine that…
As to Snoopy, frankly…no…it rarely occurs to us that we might be wrong. Mainly because we only really listen to our own voice. We surround ourselves with voices that agree with our voice. And then, when a different point of view is expressed, we simply turn it off…either by switching the channel, the station, the website, or the magazine. If it’s on our Facebook page, we simply try to scream louder than they are. So…no, Snoopy, it has never occurred to me that I might be wrong. Probably not anyone reading this post either.