Choices. Issues. How do you know what's right?

On a recent news program it took just a couple of minutes for a fairly calm discussion about a controversial social issue to reach a full boil. As the segment came to a close, there was a lot of last-minute shouting back and forth. Finally, one exasperated participant asked: "But who is to decide what's right? Who?" No one answered.

So often, lots of talk, lots of debate, lots of shouting, don't bring clarity to an issue and instead only leave people confused. There are times, though, when an open and considerate discussion of an issue is informative, when it makes people aware of the concerns, the desires, or the fears of others, and begins to clarify matters. In either case, what I long for when an issue is raised—and surely I'm not alone on this—is a sense of rightness to help me see the best policy or the right course of action to take.

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There is no impasse
August 5, 1996
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