Two new communication modes are emerging in western culture today--an elusive silent muzzling induced by political correctness and fear, and an accompanying rage when repressed people ultimately explode. This subtle silencing occurs now in "po
lite" public conversations. I feel the gagging more and in my own life, except among my closest friends and family. And the raging--We see it erupting at political rallies, in Target stores, on freeways, on reality shows, and in face to face confrontations on media. Civil discussions are dying. Behold the silencing of the lambs.
It's usually brutal authoritarian governments who terrorize their citizens into silence. Talk to older generations who grew up in communist regimes, and you'll hear a passion for the precious freedoms most of us have taken for granted much of our lives. Too many places around the globe today incarcerate dissenters, even civil dissenters who speak in quiet calm voices and use reason to persuade. Ask them what it's like to live in silence and fear. They would give their lives to live in freedom and some of them have. But we are losing ours, and like oblivious frogs trapped in warm water that's now simmering, many of us hardly seem aware of it.