I’m trying to make sense of all of this. I’m trying to understand what is going on. The more I try, the more concerned I become. Every day I read articles from a variety of news columns to try to understand how people are seeing the world, and more importantly to try to identify with how readers who only read one perspective may be seeing the world.
This morning I read these four articles, each providing very different perspectives. While their individual opinions are worthy of discussion, what I care more about is how we as citizens, who have different opinions can have civil conversations on these different opinions. I want a real conversation without name calling, eye rolling, or sensationalizing.
We need to understand each other.
Here are the four articles I read today. Notice how they are written. Notice the audience they believe is reading the article. Think critically about each article. What do we learn about the writer, the reader and the world, by reading these four articles? What do we learn about ourselves?
Could we pull these opposing articles out and have a mature conversation about what is going on in the world? Can we read these articles and not getting angry, emotional, or defensive? Could we work together to try to make sense of it all?
The first article I read was by Keith Ablow from Fox News:
And then I read this article by David Brooks from the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/opinion/the-politics-of-cowardice.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fdavid-brooks&action=click&contentCollection=opinion®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collectionolit
Then I read this article by Newt Gingrich from Fox News:
I finished my Saturday morning circuit with this article by Jim Wallis:
If you have read all four of the articles by now, you are probably not interested in reading further. So I will end here and say that I think we need to force ourselves to read and engage in conversations with opposing points of view. We have to try to understand each other. If we don’t, we are just screaming into the wind.
We must seek first to understand than to be understood.