The Lottery! I remember when it first came to my state. There was so much debate about the merits versus the moral decay it would bring. Letters to the Editor were written. Hotly debated issue. It was a biggie.
Today's style of debate takes on a different flavor. Formerly it was considered rude, actually it was rude, to talk over someone, to ignore them, to talk louder. Things have certainly changed, haven't they? All the news stations like to bring us opposing views, even if the network is skewed left or right. They all love top ratings. To survive the TV business, I guess top ratings are a must. An argument between two people makes you turn and listen. You don't really want to, but you do. If you are in a store, a restaurant, at work, wherever...you turn and listen, probably judge a little, take sides, and gossip about what you have heard. Given this human condition, the networks are taking full advantage.
No longer is there a polite debate. It is more like a shouting match, a hollering contest to see who can be the loudest. It seems to be more about loud, drowning out the opposite point of view than anything else. If we can't even hear opponents speak, no one has to defend any of their talking points. Logical thinking, consideration, respect? Out the window. Just yell what you think and people will take note, catch your name...more out of 'shock and awe' than any real interest. The TV hosts love it though. They allow it with only mild attempts to quiet the situation.
Oh well. I digress. The Lottery. We won....$3. I say it's better than nothing. It is just a game after all. Odds are so against you winning you would, logically speaking, never purchase a ticket but once in a blue moon it's fun. In my previous neighborhood we had two real winners. One family won $10,000 and another, right up the street, won hundreds of thousands of dollars. That makes the odds against us even greater. Just a fun diverson. $3 will buy a gallon of gas....barely!