I’m glad you wrote this, Patrick! I have been mulling this concept for quite a while, but I wouldn’t have expressed it as well as you did. Well done!
Remember high-school debate classes (even if you weren’t on the debate team)? There was a topic. There were two opposing arguments surrounding the topic. And people were picked *randomly* to form intelligent arguments on one side or the other. It wasn’t exactly rocket science, but can you imagine how much better off we would be as a nation if this format were required for EVERY year of grade/middle/high school?
As a nation, our ability to consider (let alone argue) viewpoints other than those of our peer group (or the Kardashians) has gone the way of the Dodo.