Was the title of the article I read by Taylor Eighmy, an Express-News contributor. The article focused on the recent protests happening across college campuses, specifically students at UTSA.
She states, “The polarization of our county — sometimes resulting in violent conflicts — are deeply rooted at the intersection of constitutionally guaranteed free speech and individual values.” (Eighmy, 2018)
Let’s Have a Conversation
This kind of illustrates the importance of civil discourse in a democratic society. Where everyone has a platform to voice their opinion and where not every opinion lines up with the opinion of everyone else. This illustrates the importance of civil discourse more than ever.
One of the biggest reflections from the article was the importance of teaching our kids or younger generations the importance of civil discourse by modeling it for them. Being the example and helping them gain the tools, especially since kids tend to be influenced by the people they interact the most with.
Then Keep Talking
Among the most important things I thought was how they talked about the importance of civil discourse amongst university students. Where ideas are usually different, opinions are different and sometimes unpopular or offensive. Encouraging students to express their beliefs passionately and with conviction.
My initial reaction to this article is YES! This is necessary more now than ever, as our nation has been set on a course that will try the future generations to come. People don’t know how to be offended in this nation. Everything is literal and everyone believes they have all the truth and their opinion is more important to anyone else.
It’s OK to be Offended
With this type of attitude existing amongst a free society it is important to understand the freedom of speech and the power it holds through formulated civil discourse. We have to discuss the difficult topics, the issues no one wants to talk about, racism, sexism, or any other type of issue you could imagine that would be controversial to say the least.
You have to be open to the idea that you are more than likely going to be offended at some point and probably offend a lot of people in the process. The future of this nation relies on the younger generations and civil discourse is the path to unity. Finding understanding in our similarities, rather than conflict based off of our differences.
Eighmy, T. (2018, October 14). Free speech, civil discourse and preparing future leaders. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2018