Dialogue: to exchange and discuss ideas in a frank and open manner to reach a mutually agreed understanding. Dialogue on difficult issues is important to man. People can learn from others by exchanging ideas and expressing how a philosophy or a stand on an issue affects them. Comprehending the needs, feelings, problems and views of others can help create a better future for all. Can we in a society that proclaims the right to free speech participate in a free and open dialogue? Do we take the time to discuss important issues? Have we as a nation avoided talking about difficult issues?
Plato's Symposium illustrates the need for open and frank dialogue. Engaging in dialogue that allows each individual to express his innermost feeling without prejudice is essential to reach a consensus of thought. Today we have many opportunities to participate in dialogues using a variety of mediums. There are many organizations dedicated to serious dialogues on health, political, environmental and other serious issues that effect our world. The Internet along with other technological breakthroughs has provided greater access to these dialogues. Although technology has made it easier to participate in dialogues, the art of conversation has been eroded by the lack of interpersonal interaction.
The world today has a complex communication system. However, much of this communication is one way. Whether from the pulpit, television, radio or printed media it is just going in one direction and the exchange of ideas is stymied.
Serious dialogue is not always a part of our everyday life. Distractions keep us from taking the time to share our thoughts with others. Television and other forms of mass media preoccupy our time. Fewer families are having meals together, each member of the family attending to their own busy life. We talk about important life issues...