While this comic isn’t directed at anyone in particular, I find that the ability to use logic and reason seems increasingly to be a lost art. And it has given way to winning at any cost.
Here’s the thing: the world is growing increasingly complex, and we are facing some really dire problems (financial meltdown, climate crisis, dwindling resources, to name but a few); and we need to have some serious, thoughtful debate and discussion on how we are going to address these issues.
I don’t have all the answers—no one does. Which is why we need to talk through the problems in a reasonable, concentrated way—using facts, not emotions. But instead we seem to be yelling about things that have no relevance.
It was bad enough when TV and politicians eschewed meaningful and rational discussion; but now I see this same madness replicated in the way we talk to one another.
Democracy depends on free speech; but that speech has to be substantive.