Respectful Debate Is Core To A Community
To the Editor:
Given the vitriol of American politics lately, this quote by Elie Wiesel recently caught my attention: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
When accepting the Nobel Peace Prize he went on to say “Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
For many, discussing politically charged topics can be unpleasant or uncomfortable and unfortunately it seems like most topics have been deemed “political.”
However, informed, respectful debate of ideas is core to a community and a democracy. Understanding where elected officials and candidates stand on key issues is required to ensure those in elected roles represent our values and interests.
We are less than eight weeks away from the first national election since the US Capitol came under attack in an effort to thwart a peaceful transfer of power. Subsequently, based on falsehoods espoused about the 2020 election, many states have taken actions to make voting less accessible.
Does “Nicer in Newtown” mean indifference to avoid discomfort?
Or does it mean standing up for what’s right and for those in need of allies and advocates (including our democracy)?
As we approach Election Day, it is not the time to be indifferent. We must be informed and get out and vote!