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Finding peace and civility in the digital age

Posted at 8:04 AM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 09:04:10-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The digital age is an overspill of information into the real world.

Some researchers believe there are two quadrillion megabytes of information spewing from on on-air and print media, social media and emails per year.

On this Good Friday, 3 News Now wants to know how people are finding peace in a fast-moving world, while maintaining civility during heated discussions surrounding major headlines as people head into Easter weekend.

"Our dialogue with social media is a new phenomenon," said Jesse Norman, lead pastor at My City Church.

Lately, the discussion in our news feeds are causing some friction in relationships - pivoting gun control against the Second Amendment, black versus blue and everything in between.

Viewers shared just how deafening the arguments can get.

Kathy Morgan wrote recently, "It's disheartening when you can't even state an opinion on something without being personally attacked."

Associate Professor Rick Galusha from Bellevue University believes people misconstrue the First Amendment.

"While you have a right to free speech, you don't have the right to not be offended by someone else's free speech," he said.

As many prepare to celebrate Easter, the meal might not be the only heated thing at the table.

Galusha said civil discourse is needed, but can get tricky.

"How do you have those discussions without assuming you have to win that discussion?" he said.

Norman echoed a similar sentiment, saying people need to look past rebuttals.

"We have to determine, 'Hey, does this relationship matter more to me or does this thing that I disagree matter?'"

From there, Norman believes there's one more step in discovering peace in the midst of societal and political rhetoric.

"I think the real answer isn't to necessarily fix the dialogue," said Norman. "But to find peace in health and in our soul and out of that comes life."