Debates: What’s the point?

As we watch this presidential election cycle culminate with televised debates, campaign stump speeches, pundits and TV ads, we have to ask ourselves, what do we really want? What’s the point of elections… of debates? What is the purpose of media coverage? Of government?

Just what is going on here? Who are we being — and how is this serving (or failing to serve) the highest expression of our humanity?

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