What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I'm semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing... he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance... Just a tiny bit...The "Let's Agree to Disagree" Mantra
Don't embrace the current mantra, "let's agree to disagree," in areas where policy is discussed.
Politics creates nothing other than winners and losers, where 50% + 1 of those who vote dictate life for the rest. And in many circumstances, an appointed board or commission holds sway and is not subject to direct voter accountability.
I can "agree to disagree" with my wife over the cola wars -- I favor Pepsi and she favors Coke -- because the free market allows us both to be satisfied.
In the public school environment, the "agree to disagree" agenda plays out along the lines of Hegelian Dialectics. Hegel wrote about the process where the conflict between opposing ideas and ideals formed new ideas and ideals through synthesis. Change "synthesis" to "consensus" and you have the current version of Hegel's vision.
During my board service, Olentangy formed a Wellness Committee in response to federal mandates -- I participated. Since the mandate requires representation from all stakeholders, I was not surprise to find a committee comprised of those from both ends of the political spectrum. Those who believed that food consumption and exercise are a personal or family matter were joined with those who think that Big Government needs to enforce dietary and fitness rules on both student and parent.
To reach consensus, everyone except me sold their viewpoints for the feel-good ideal of consensus -- "let's agree to disagree and meet somewhere in the middle" -- driven by governmental agents of change (county health department employees). But there is no "middle road" since the middle road is simply the somewhat longer road toward socialism.
The point: As we accept the agree-to-disagree mantra as the politically correct path for civilized societies, we will see ourselves moving closer to that which we feared all along.
Hegel believed that synthesis would be adopted whole-heartedly by the vast majority, and they would then recast their internal moorings in a new bed of sand, only to drift once again toward the rocks as the next consensus was built.
A process that would continue on and on. And so it does.
note: The divide between Hegelian and Fichtean dialectics is fuzzy. While my example above was closer to Fichtean, Hegelian is now the commonly accepted term for both.