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Letter: Civil political dialogue seems impossible today

Civil political dialogue seems impossible today

Civil discourse is impossible in today’s factious political environment where facts don’t matter and dissent is deemed depravity. Perhaps it has always been so. Marcel Proust observed that: “The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; they did not engender those beliefs, and they are powerless to destroy them.” Minds are not easily, if ever, changed by appeals to reason.

Oliver Cromwell once asked his opposition, “Is it therefore infallibly agreeable to the Word of God, all that you say? I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

A fundamental intellectual humility is required to grant Cromwell’s plea and to enable civil political discussion.

Joseph V. Parana


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