Occasionally I will read something for class that will be startlingly relevant to our current societal dialogue.  Yesterday, I read something from This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women that applied to our current health care reform debate in this country.

In 1951, Edward R. Murrow wrote:

We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion.  A lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism, or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria.  Opinions can be picked up cheap in the marketplace, while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply.  Around us all — now high like a distant thunderhead, now close upon us with the wet choking intimacy of a London fog — this is an enveloping cloud of fear. (p. 6)

Why can’t we have intelligent discussion? Why can’t we legitimately, passionately but rationally, discuss the various proposals on the table instead of shouting our representatives and each other down?