I am not inclined to agree with Deal Hudson in general, but I think he writes a good essay. I'm not advocating that we should just try to "play nice" with each other. I don't really care about that and, in fact, I think we err to often on politeness rather than the truth. I prefer the truth. Still, as is evidenced by the debate surrounding (Obama, abortion, gay marriage, etc.) we seem to have lost all capacity for honest, civil dialogue. We scream past each other and all charity is lost in our attempts to convince, convict, be "right."
Or maybe we should just take up fisticuffs?