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Marlon Jones

GED Program Director/ Instructor, Wright Career College

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"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"

Voltaire once said “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it” Would I? Really? While maybe not dead, civility is definitely paralyzed in our country, in our communities, and in our homes. At what point did it become easier to antagonize, patronize, and vilify the “other” instead of conducting a reasoned discussion about the perplexing issues that surround us? Well into the machinations of the most recent elections it was being reported by various media sources that Americans were more divided than during any other time in history. There is simply something that does not sound quite right about that statement. Is it possible to have an honest and reasoned discussion? Is it possible to objectively consider an opposing point of view? Do we even agree on what the problems are? Disagreements are inevitable but being disagreeable is not. What do you think?

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    Nov 24 2012: Good one Marlon. Voltaire must of meant that line for one of his songs. Seriously though, I'm reminded of "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me", in my experience, they certainly can. In the political arena, I feel most are embroiled in problem's effects, not the causes. I believe there is never an excuse to not have an honest and reasoned discussion in most cases this day in age.

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