Elder Scott, in his latest General Conference talk, gave a list of things that help and do not help in receiving personal revelation and inspiration in one's life. I thought this paragraph was interesting:
"Another enemy to revelation comes from exaggeration or loudness in what is stated. Careful, quiet speech will favor the receipt of revelation."
Since it's what I do for a living, I immediately thought it ironic how this relates to political discourse in the world today. Wouldn't you all agree that 90% of what is said in campaign commercials, cable news shows, and online blogs qualifies as either "exaggeration" or "loudness"? How many political conversations these days could be described as either "careful" or "quiet"?
Just food for thought. Maybe that's part of the reason that our national dialog is in the shape that it's in! ;-)