A latest Level of View commentary by Karen Coody Cooper expressed each related thought I’ve had on the sad state of affairs in our nation. Kudos to The Palm Seashore Publish for having printed it. I’ve, although, a couple of ideas so as to add.
In my 70 years, I’ve seen a gradual decline within the capability of our American inhabitants for crucial pondering. This started with the regular decline in our dedication to high quality public training that started throughout the Reagan years. Each time I heard media interviews with “undecided voters” earlier than the 2020 election, the issue got here into finer focus.
The erosion of membership and participation in our political events tells the story. “NPA” (No Occasion Affiliation) enjoys the biggest membership in America at present. Coverage platforms, although, are labored out on the celebration stage. But fewer and fewer of our residents take part at any stage, presumably as a result of they haven’t any actual understanding of the way in which authorities works, its influence on the nation and the world, and the native and international points going through us. I don’t argue for a nation of scientists or students, however we should turn into dedicated to instilling in our youngsters a capability for crucial pondering.
Cooper ended her piece stating the “upcoming election will decide whether or not we slay the dragon, or feed it.” I solely want that I might agree. The election has been, at greatest, solely a step or two alongside the marathon course towards a end line. We should, just like the best technology that received World Struggle II, proceed a societal recommitment to science and to public training. We should nurture the crucial pondering capability essential to make our experiment in representational democracy work.
This election represented an opportunity to show towards achievement of these targets, achievement of which is changing into more and more essential to our very survival.
We aren’t alone on this world, it is true. Different international locations are doing higher than we’re in a few of these respects. However, we’re distinctive. With out U.S. management these values will additional erode on the earth. If the election had gone the opposite approach, I imagine it will have been another step towards the abyss.
MITCHELL ROTH, BOYNTON BEACH
Editor’s observe: Roth, a psychologist and licensed psychological well being counselor, is proprietor of Roth Mental Health.