religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost
every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.”
politics are equal opportunity offenders. Adamant disagreement arises at mere mention of either. Ideological lines are drawn and we hop to our
respective sides. Facing each other on
opposing sides of the line we loose sight commonality and community in distorted
polarized light of belief and conviction—us versus them. Rhetoric is hurled back and forth, and we hear
only what we shout. The ensuing noise separates
us from Silence and Love.