It's Gettin' Hot In Here
The room has gotten warmer.
Heated debates about everything from red VS blue, gun rights, racial profiling to same sex marriage and abortion, have been turned up a notch in the last year. Climate change skeptics are in denial of a major uptick in racist, anti-immigrant behavior in the U.S. And activists leading marches with conviction, hold up signs in defense of their beliefs while getting drowned in opposition.
Leading social scientists, human rights organizations and conflict resolution specialists gesture toward a world in which The First Amendment could be underwater within our lifetime. We can see, live, the melting of social cohesion, the extinction of certain inalienable rights, an significant increase in harmful language pollution and aggressive mudslides of hurtful speech.
One might wish for a thermostat, a regulator to control the temperature to keep the language from reaching dangerous levels. And even if there was such a device, who would have control of it?
We. We have the power of dialogue. The constitutional right, an international accord, a global matter. Truly listening and acknowledging the other side is our own giant step for humankind. Groundbreaking conversations can restore trust and lay the foundation for collaborative action.
And for that, we can turn up the heat.