When did we replace rational, intelligent, calm discussion with shouting, vulgarity, and irrationality? Back in the old days, this kind of conversation was relegated to barrooms and pool halls. Now it takes place even on the national news. What happened?
How do we get to the truth when we live in a world of sound bites, tweets and facebook posts that can spread lies around the globe in minutes? We can polarize millions and cause action and reaction with one click of the share button.
The more things change. Now that I am semi back from my self-imposed writing exile I think I will throw out some random thoughts. So much hasn’t happened since I stopped writing regularly.
The more they stay the same. Today I spent some time looking at some of the blogs I created over the past years. The most popular one was called “It’s Clear as Mud” which doesn’t appear to exist anymore. Probably because I didn’t renew the domain name. I also wrote the “Sturbridge Tea Party” blog. Both of these were mostly about politics.
Does the government have to right to decide who lives and who dies? Does the government have the right to decide who is useful and who is not? Does the government have the right to decide who will make better use of universal healthcare dollars? Does the government have the right to play God? (Originally published: 5/23/2018)
Reading through the various news feeds and sources from today I feel like I am in some kind of a time warp. I admit I haven’t been keeping quite as close an eye on the news as I once did, mainly because I was afraid it was going to make my head explode. But today I felt that old familiar urge and here is what I found.