Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Debate is not about Convincing Anyone

If you think the objective of discussing issues with anyone on social media is to convince them of the validity of your arguments or convince them you're right and they're wrong, this has to be either frustrating or some other internal process is occurring within these exchanges.

I intentionally choose to discuss issues with people that have strong opinions that disagree with my own because I want my own ideas, perspectives, information, and sources challenged as thoroughly as I would have my own be challenged.

If this were to be about anyone being right and someone else being wrong, it begins to devolve into a fight and not an exchange of ideas. That's most likely why some people select ad hominem attacks over substantive arguments. 

Often, I find weaknesses, blind spots, and mistaken thought processes that I've made or have through this active, dynamic, and what I feel is a collaborative process. Maybe, the people I interact with don't see it this way, but that's not really my objective. 

That's what I'm after . . . To become better. Who cares about convincing anyone else.

Photos: +Wonderful WildLife 

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