Personal and civil peace is not engendered by passivity because the worst elements of humanity, bullies, will always seek to dominate the weak. Peace is kept when force is confronted by strength and adults and children alike know they are free to fight back when necessary.
The Internet, like other technological breakthroughs of the last few decades, has changed our lives in unimaginable ways. Self-discipline, character, solid core principles, and temperance are more important than ever.
Most would agree as well that America is navigating the most perilous arc in that predictable cycle of glory and destruction that has claimed in some measure every significant society the world has ever known.
You may start a threaded discussion on a blog or a social networking site. People you have never met may chime in and, before you know it, a modest commentary becomes a full-blown controversy within an afternoon.