One of the failures of our modern times is not that we draw lines, but that we draw them in the wrong places. We play up unimportant conflicts and ignore important ones. We give importance to petty things and ignore great ones. We are not so much characterized by willful evil or even intentional neglect as by a “missing of the mark,”  emphasizing the wrong things and downplaying the right ones, framing a conflict one way when it should be another.

This can be illustrated by an exchange in the recent Presidential debate. (Pardon me, friends of opposite political persuasions, if I offend you. I do not intend to do that in this post. If you want to be offended, check out my essay “Why I Became a Democrat.) I only caught the last twenty or so minutes of the exchange where Romney and Obama were debating their views on…

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