Societies are overwhelmed with the differences and disagreements that divide the day to day lives. Large groups of people often disagree about a many number of things including important social issues like abortion rights, gun control, medical aid, and much more. It is only natural, and understandable, that differences exist in a large population. Getting all these people to agree and be on the same page is no easy task. There are ways to do so. One way, and the best way, is civil discourse. But even civil discourse does not come easy, it requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and for you to break your echo chamber. And even then, reaching a consensus requires more constraint, more compromise, more understanding.
Civil discourse is the tool but it is not the only tool. Some people may opt for the alternatives. Keep in mind, those alternatives, even though means towards a result, are oftentimes worse means. For instance, protesting can be another form of discourse practiced by a group of people or a society, to voice the displeasures that they are facing as a whole. But protests have a tendency to take on different shapes and forms as they begin to grow in numbers and ambitions. And with it, discourse becomes distorted and lost. What started out as a united front over a certain issue and problem, quickly becomes a segregated movement with more than one issue or problem. That is why protests are not always the best solution or method. They are an effective method, there is no denying that. But protests can lose their candor and mage overtime, and even become occupied by outside forces looking to dilute or corrupt the honesty of this protest movement.
This is why protests must be equipped with other forms of uproar or voicing of concerns. That is where civil discourse comes into play, and more specifically, coupling civil discourse with the alternatives to amplify the seriousness and effectiveness of the concerns. It is through this combined front of social and civil pressure that people of a society can hold their governing bodies accountable, and be able to draw from the concessions and promises they’re looking for. For instance, if a certain community or city wants a certain law to be passed, they will need to get a seat at the legislative table or the very least the city council’s meeting. However, if they want to push their weight aroundd, having support in the form of civil street protests is a good way to have an upper hand in those negotiations.
In the end, civil discourse all by itself may not suffice. Especially if the opposing side is relentless in giving up their stance or belief. You may need a further bargaining chip or card to play, to convince them that your concern, is in fact a shared concern. Once they become convinced of the overall movement behind your civility, then it will be easier to reach common grounds.