I was speaking with a long-time mentoring student who’s found himself working very hard not to become embroiled in verbal battles of late. His question to me was:
Is there a way that we can sanely engage in intelligent conversation
that can include differing views, without resorting to hostility?
Great question, don’t you think? Is it possible to discuss politics or religion, or anything we feel passionately about, without getting locked into stalemated arguments? Which usually results in the predictable outcome of two (or more) angry people more certain than ever that they are right and that the other person is a complete idiot.
Here’s the challenge as I see it. It’s folly to think that we can engage in a discussion […]