I used to very much like internet message boards. I’ve spent countless hours, and quite a bit of money (back when unlimited internet hours were unheard of) debating every political, religious and philosophical issue known to man. I’m told that I’m quite good at it, and I know that it’s true.
But I have a problem. The problem is my ego. I know that I’m very good at arguing. I know that I can win an argument with just about anyone on just about any topic. And damned if I can’t do it from both sides of the fence, too. I’m a good arguer, a tremendous sophist, and not always a very good person.
One of the best things I ever learned in college philosophy class was how to be charitable in an argument. Until college, I had followed my familial school of argumentation: aim for the jugular and don’t let go until their corpse has stopped twitching. In college, I saw for the first time how winning the debate is not the same thing as winning hearts and minds. It’s definitely not the same as finding the truth.
I am so there with you, Sarah.
Having learned the hard way.
But there are still a few topics I think are worth the jugular …..
hate me if you must ppls