BEARING YOUR SANCTIMONY: MONOLOGUES ON DIALOGUE According to Webster, “dialogue” is “talking together in conversation”, harmless enough, but also “interchange and discussion of ideas, especially when open and frank, as in seeking mutual understanding or harmony.” There is great idealism at work in that definition. Americans and Mormons believe in freedom of speech but also in truth that prevails, in not suffering idiots or naysayers, and in saying something positive and faith-affirming or not saying anything at all. We believe there are things, in fact, that should not even be thought. It is not easy to endure someone who is enfranchised, as we are, to say what is right but who does not. This makes dialogue hard.
Neal Chandler, Rebecca Chandler