A Talking Stick

The pattern is familiar. Sit down in front of the TV to watch a news show that has a number of panelists on to discuss the issues of the day. The discussion begins and everyone is talking over everyone else producing a painful cacophony. It sounds like recess. The host won’t shut up and it becomes a total waste of time.

It would be nice if they could use a Native American talking stick whereby the only person allowed to talk is the person with the stick. When they’re finished they pass the stick to the next person who is then allowed to talk. That would be nice.

The problem is that so many people now expect a one-syllable answer that can’t be misunderstood when the question is “What are the things in the universe?”

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