11 March 2009 1 Comment
I was part of a fascinating breakfast discussion this morning fueled by the controversial topic of federal bailouts.
There were five of us at the table, each one with unique perspectives drawn from varied experiences that evidenced themselves through the course of conversation. There was a small business owner, a director of a non-profit and a very articulate historian/libertarian. For the most part I played the listener, a skill I’m trying to reclaim since my unintentional conversion to extroversion in college, since I’m largely ignorant on the complexities of economics and politics (though I do have my own opinions).
However, the topics, perspectives and opinions — as interesting as they were — are less impressive to me in retrospect than the manner in which the discourse took place. Namely, the discourse was civil. It was respectful. Opinions were strong and at times divergent, but each party’s perspective was heard without particular animosity. Individuals, like I’ve seen so many times before, weren’t defensive and subsequently arrogant or condescending.
This was productive conversation, the kind that doesn’t seem to happen often enough for the good of an individual, a country or humanity. Let’s all have more good conversation.