We live in a political time. Politics intrudes everywhere because the state intrudes everywhere. So the political stakes keep getting higher. And the political rhetoric keeps getting louder and more vulgar.
The only way to lower the intensity is for the state to back off. More issues need to be taken off the political agenda and put on the social agenda, the business agenda, the neighborhood agenda.
Meanwhile we need to reaffirm sanity — and have sane slogans. Here are a few:
Belief is more than knowledge.
Identity politics is hate speech.
Imaginary insults are no offense.
The only race is the human race.
Peace is an attitude. Freedom is a goal.
Society is sovereign.
Male and female are parallel and equal.