“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!”
I taught a Sunday School lesson a few days ago on “Being Good Citizens.” It was interesting to hear what people had to say. But, somehow I felt like I didn’t quite teach what I was supposed to teach. The discussion never reached the level of a discussion that I felt was useful and inspiring. I don’t know.
This week I am also teaching my last Institute class of the semester. Last night we talked about Alma giving up his position as chief judge to minister full-time to the people. Again, I tried to facilitate a discussion about the the responsibilities of politics and religion. It never quite got there. I’ll try one more time tonight.
In the meantime, here is my favorite quote of the moment as it relates to this topic.
"One of the best ways to learn what you believe is to learn what others believe, especially those who passionately disagree with you. You've got to understand how someone can be of good conscience and intelligent, look at the exact same issue as you, and come to a position 180 degrees opposite. One enormous problem we have in civil discourse today is that it’s so polarized; People tend to think that anyone who disagrees with them is either stupid or evil. They’re either too dumb to know the right answer, or if they’re smart enough to know the right answer they’re malevolent and want the wrong answer to prevail. To convince someone, you have to answer this question: If your mom came to these views, how would you try to convince her?” ~Ted Cruz (candidate for Texas Attorney General)
Also, a link to my favorite discourse of the moment as it relates to this topic.