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The Great Debate

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

This morning I was debating what type of soap I wanted to make. You see, the really cool thing about soap making is that the options are endless. My priority is to create all natural bars that are free of any harsh chemicals. That's why the majority of my bars remain the natural color of the soap oil and milk base I am using, or perhaps a subtle off-white from a natural clay powder or vegetable or herb root. I am committed to wanting to keep my products pure and clean. The thing is, there are some really cool artistic patterns you can make in soap if you add just a little bit of color. So the debate began, to color or not to color? That was the ultimate debate of the day.


Speaking of debates, did you happen to catch the 2020 Presidential Debate last night? The last thing I want to do is bring politics into my soap making blog, but it's difficult not to mention what we saw last night. It was like two school-aged children fighting on the playground rather than two politicians debating serious policies and issues that significantly impact our nation. Instead of hearing any clearly laid out plans for how to address Covid-19, the economy, racism, education, or environmental issues, we saw two grown men yelling, interrupting one another, and calling each other names. It was one of the most contentious presidential debates I have ever seen. High school-aged students can even debate better than what we saw last night. Then this morning, depending on the news station you watched or the Facebook or Twitter posts you followed, people began debating with each other about which candidate outdid the other. Is this what democracy has come to in America? Look, I hate to be a pessimist, but America is in crisis, and the blame cannot all be directed towards President Trump. I don't want to debate whether Trump or Bidden is the better Presidential candidate. Because frankly, both of them let America down last night. In many ways, however, "We the people," are to blame. We have lost the ability to rationally and respectfully engage in civic discourse. What happened to the socratic dialogue method where individuals would seek to understand one another's perspective and engage in high quality conversations? Instead, individuals try to strong arm one another into holding identical beliefs. If you don't, well then, you're condemned and "cancelled." Just like we saw happening during last nights debate. To make matters worse, Those who have similar goals or beliefs combine forces and retaliate against the less like minded person, as we saw from moderator Wallace. Again, I ask... is this what democracy has come to in America? There's no denying, Americans are running on really high emotions right now. We are a nation so divided that it is going to take an act of God to bring us back together again. Although, look at Covid-19. One would have thought such a global catastrophe could have allowed us to break down our segregated walls and differences and come together. But in the end, it didn't. The news and social media certainly do not help the situation either. Oh no, they prey on their viewers, feeding them with hyped up and sometimes false narratives, reinforcing bias, and robbing people of all sensibility. It is simply painful to watch. This insanity has to stop, and it has to start by stopping with we the people.


I'm sure you are wonder what all of this has to do with soap making. Like I've said before, it's incredible how much soap making, or any craft for that matter, resembles life in general. Sometimes our debates are small like do I use color or no color, and sometimes they are much larger, like what do the people really want? While folks are trying to figure it out, I'll be over here making and selling my handcrafted soap.



Speaking of debates, did you happen to catch the 2020 Presidential Debate last night? The last thing I want to do is bring politics into my soap making blog, but it's difficult not to mention what we saw last night. It was like two school-aged children fighting on the playground rather than two politicians debating serious policies and issues that significantly impact our nation. Instead of hearing any clearly laid out plans for how to address Covid-19, the economy, racism, education, or environmental issues, we saw two grown men yelling, interrupting one another, and calling each other names. It was one of the most contentious presidential debates I have ever seen. High school-aged students can even debate better than what we saw last night. Then this morning, depending on the news station you watched or the Facebook or Twitter posts you followed, people began debating with each other about which candidate outdid the other. Is this what democracy has come to in America? Look, I hate to be a pessimist, but America is in crisis, and the blame cannot all be directed towards President Trump. I don't want to debate whether Trump or Bidden is the better Presidential candidate. Because frankly, both of them let America down last night. In many ways, however, "We the people," are to blame. We have lost the ability to rationally and respectfully engage in civic discourse. What happened to the Socratic dialogue method where individuals would seek to understand one another's perspective and engage in high-quality conversations? Instead, individuals try to strong-arm one another into holding identical beliefs. If you don't, well then, you're condemned and "canceled." Just like we saw happening during last night's debate. To make matters worse, Those who have similar goals or beliefs combine forces and retaliate against the less like-minded person, as we saw from moderator Wallace. Again, I ask... is this what democracy has come to in America? There's no denying, Americans are running on really high emotions right now. We are a nation so divided that it is going to take an act of God to bring us back together again. Although, look at Covid-19. One would have thought such a global catastrophe could have allowed us to break down our segregated walls and differences and come together. But in the end, it didn't. The news and social media certainly do not help the situation either. Oh no, they prey on their viewers, feeding them with hyped up and sometimes false narratives, reinforcing bias, and robbing people of all sensibility. It is simply painful to watch. This insanity has to stop, and it has to start by stopping with we the people.

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