The Five-Minute Rule

Over the last year, I've taken a bit of a break from TAISPEAK. In essence, I've been taking a season to live out my favorite scripture.

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
— Proverbs 17:28

We live in crazy times, but I've intentionally muted my thoughts on music, race, sports, culture, and especially politics for several reasons:

  1. I've wanted to have more impact in my local community with POSITIVELY ROSWELL
  2. My son is seeking an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, which involves garnering a Congressional appointment. I wouldn't want my musings to impede his opportunity.
  3. I don't feel like too many of us have been open to listening to perspectives that don't immediately validate our previously-held positions.
  4. I started a new position with increased responsibilities at work, and I wanted to get my feet on the ground with an expanded workload.
 Cameron Friend challenges my worldview every time we have a conversation.

Cameron Friend challenges my worldview every time we have a conversation.

However, after taking a year off, I'm back. I want to start podcasting and blogging again on topics for which I'm extremely passionate; faith, race, politics, and culture. (All the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table.)  I believe I have a unique perspective to offer, and I miss the catharsis of expressing how I feel, and more importantly, learning from others. 

I'm going to be starting a new podcast with my good friend Cameron Friend. We've hit on a concept together that I think you just might enjoy. We're calling it The Five-Minute Rule.

What's The Five-Minute Rule?

I had a teacher at Roswell High School named Karen Lanning who encouraged debate and creativity in her classroom. One day, one of the students asked her about her personal opinion on a current event. She responded by stating that she claimed, "The Five-Minute Rule." She would share her opinion, but she reserved the right to change her mind. 

Have you ever watched a talk show of any kind and witnessed another person actually acknowledge the other person's perspective? Have you ever heard someone say, "You know what. I hadn't thought about this issue that way, or from your perspective. I'm going to have to rethink my previously held perspective." I can't think of when I have. We're all so locked into our own ideologies that we simply seek affirmation of our opinions and actively refuse to grow and change. We've all become stubborn. 

Cameron and I want to have a podcast where we share our thoughts on issues of the day, engage in the occasional debate, and commit to being opening to listening and changing our perspective as we gain new information. We want to have the freedom to talk about tough topics with the humility to learn and grow. 

We're going to take a few weeks to get the branding just right and built its own platform, and we'll make the podcast available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, and our own website. However, we're ready to share with you our Pilot episode, recorded last Friday. I hope you'll take some time to check it out. Consider it a soft launch. We'll let you know when we're fully up and running.

I'd love to hear your comments about the show and what you think about the concept.