What ever happened to the art of rhetoric?


Chase Cariens, Managing Editor

People have become more and more prone to invest themselves into something they are passionate about. People can pursue careers in areas they love, spend time doing their favorite hobbies, and creating relationships with similarly-natured people every day thanks to the freedom presented by social media. 

This fiery passion consumes almost everyone, but whenever someone becomes engulfed in the flames of free spirit, the fire spreads into judgement and discrimination. This causes chaos to ensue in the confusing maze of social media, and ends up sparking an outrage that demands attention.

This attention is overwhelmingly negative. Whenever I go on Facebook and look at a post that I deem controversial, my mind automatically goes to the comment section. Questions arise in my mind such as: What is making people so upset over a differing opinion? Why do they feel the need to state their opinion with such hurtful and vivid language? 

These cases of negative reactions are not always present, however, because there is also an abundance of support for various areas of expertise.

I have come close to calling this back and forth of condemning language necessary, but after several hours of thinking and observing, I believe this childlike arguing is disruptive and primitive, and needs to be handled.

People need to realize that screaming at each other isn’t the only way to argue about topics. For some odd reason, that argument won’t get into people’s heads. One shouldn’t have to raise their voice in order for people to have common sense, but I guess reasoning is subjective and fury comes before facts in a heated conversation.

Even in my junior year, we are discussing the various forms of argument, and it seems to me as if the most effective way to argue is not shouting back and forth, but instilling facts and ideas into a person’s mind. This form of argument is much more productive than the alternative, and should be used more frequently, but this idea of a peaceful conversation does not seem to stick in people’s minds.

People need to realise that other people have feelings too, and need to take careful consideration into what they say. Everyone has a different sensitivity to words, and we have to try to account for that in our comments and discussions. A large part of arguing is having respect for the person who is expressing the opposing idea, and not lashing out at them whenever we do not agree.