The dinner table is a lively debate, and everybody weighs in in a different way. I like that, though.
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....
The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.
What passes for political realism may make for lively academic debates. But it often functions, ironically, as a tool of social control, rendering us passive with an analysis that overwhelms and paralyzes us.
What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
Life is a lively process of becoming.