Over the weekend I heard a snippet from a TED talk talking about emotional correctness versus the much more accepted and used political correctness. The basic premise was that I do not have to like your ideas or point of view, but as a human I should respect you and keep that in mind during discourse with you.
I wish I had not been in the truck on the drive home and just having caught a snippet of it, as the topic and general idea was interesting. As I generally find most TED talks mind you.
However, I am curious about one thing, that was at least not addressed during the brief time that I was listening. Part of what I think makes most discourse, and especially that of a political nature, so divisive today is the ability to just cut out entirely the other points of view.
If I don’t like a thought or direction something is going, instead of having to hear it out and hence maybe consider it, I just flip the station. If I look just a second or two I can easily find a station that gives something out on the same topic that is much more in line with my own point of view.
** – Image is TED Talks logo.