Only one resolution
From this page on the last day of 2010, we issue our solitary New Year's resolution.
Let's discuss and theorize. Let's analyze and hypothesize. Let's debate to the best of our abilities.
And let's realize when our passion is getting the best of us. When we're aware that passion is smashin' reason, let's reconsider how we're presenting our written arguments.
The resolution: Let's insist upon engaging in civil discourse.
The key to this resolution is preserving the integrity of whomever we're criticizing. If God loves the sinner but hates the sin, let's keep our aim leveled at others' expressions or actions while sparing the source of same.
Is it too much to hope that in 2011, we'll all do better considering issues from different perspectives, seeking to understand before being understood? If so, then our New Years' resolution has a chance.
The new year won't be one bit better than the old one if we can't treat each other with respect.
Take full advantage of the privileges presented to you by the First Amendment and argue for your causes, for your beliefs. And when you're done, look your opponent in the eye and shake hands.
Because if we really want a stronger community in 2011 than we had in 2010, we're going to have to work together.