Can a Carmel Democrat and a Noblesville Republican still break bread? Of course, the answer is yes. I am glad to be the Democrat at this table, where my speech must survive the free market. My wife and I enjoy dining with the Republican couple because we still have a common goal which must not be overlooked: our shared interest in truth.
I am downright disappointed to find so many adults who cannot join a table unless their opinion be echoed by the other participants. In my view, this table has given up on truth and has instead committed itself to a self-serving, overly indulgent view of “nothing matters but my own bias,” thereby avoiding the free market of ideas, and ultimately truth.
Our own conduct must survive the free trade of ideas: allowing for introspection, and then our understanding of our shared ultimate good desires: to be at the table together in peace and with candor.
Noticeably, the main caveat for dining at this table must be seeking shared truth. Only then will those dining find a shared peace. Once we have lost our craving for facts, it is challenging to share bread in the open market of ideas.
Jake Madore, Carmel