In the midst of our investigations and learning, it was a class rule that everyone had to stay objective and not express strong affinity for one candidate or another. Did that happen? As likely as a politician not telling a ______.
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Because no one learns when words get nasty.
The true purpose of a Socratic discussion or an enlightening debate comes when both parties want to arrive at the truth. Truth may still be reached even when parties have different viewpoints--if they are both intent on truth.
The requirements of a conversation searching for truth, always take me back to a Swiss chalet high on the Axalp.
I was sitting next to my sister and we were stuck in the middle of a table resembling more of a restaurant booth. The surrounding conversation was in German, which neither of us spoke (what a shame), and so we had our own conversation. The discussion was going well until my sister threw a curve ball, "You know, spiritually I am up here," she held her hand high above her head, "and you are down here." Yes, you imagined it correctly--her hand for me was below the table.
In the split second I had to answer, a wave of responses ran through my head.
Wow! Should I be insulted? How do I respond? What do I want to happen here? And then another thought ran through my mind that wasn't my own--it came from the goodness of the universe or it was an impression from God: This is no threat to you.
I took a deep breath and spoke calmly to my sister, "I see why you think that."
It diffused the fuse on the bomb. I saw the light of fire leave her eyes. She responded. "And that is why I love you."
So when the student with Mexican relatives cried, the whole room was touched, and their resolve to arrive at truth deepened, and bless them--they came to a truth they could all agree upon.
A student who rarely speaks suggested two alternatives: the first was that we couldn't have open borders, but that we needed to see immigrants as real people with hearts, with desires, with a determination to improve their lives--we have prosperity and abundance to share. "As citizens of America we needed to approach immigration with balance. With a human touch."
The final comment was made by our tearful student who saw the truth in his reasoning and calmly agreed.
How I wish the two of them were on the ballot--maybe someday.