It’s no secret that our society is a polarized, battleground of opinion.
In 2005, the future Pope Benedict gave a warning, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”
Under relativism, the individual determines his own truth, which of course leads to conflict when my truth contradicts yours. We see this at work, on Facebook, on college campuses, sometimes even in our own Church. There’s this constant fight between “what I think” and “what you think.”
A result of this (or maybe the cause) is that the practice of argument has vanished. And, by argument, we’re not talking about being argumentative, but argument as in making a claim, providing evidence, drawing conclusions, responding to objectives, etc.
Instead, to convince someone of your position, you must beat them into submission. Again, no surprise that our society is so polarized, and often turns violent.
So, what are we to do? Well, first we need to recognize that this is even happening around us. And second, we need to educate ourselves in Argument.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out this video by Bishop Robert Barron where he goes deeper into this problem and presents the topics much more clear > https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Be the Men.