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Then be paired with others that may disagree with you on
some subjects, but share common views on others.
I think spirited discussion is a good thing, but it's hampered
by tribalism, insults and outright hatred.
This is solely for those who enjoy discussing subjects. Your
somebody starts off with a Venn diagram
style outline of the other person's views as the starting
One example might be, in a pandemic situation, person A
believes that the law should require face masks in public
but doesn't believe police should arrest you at your home
and lock you up if you're sick. Person B also believes face
masks should be required but thinks people should
essentially be arrested if they're sick.
The idea is, no time has to be spent on the face mask
question and the debate can get right to the point
following an outline where person A makes their point,
person B makes theirs.
I think the basic philosophy of starting with "Well, let's
start with where to we see eye to eye on the subjects
before discussing things where we may differ." is a good
way to talk about things. This might minimize mindless
barking of insults which really is a pointless use of time
that drives people apart without really achieving anything.
||I always thought, like in theology, the most viscious disagreements were between people who superficially believed the same thing, but could discover some tiny difference of interpretation to blow up into a life-and-death struggle.
||The people who genuinely had very different opinions from others could get along fine with no need to debate because each respects that the other will never agree with them but held the opposite view sincerely.
||// the most viscious disagreements //
||Ah, those would be the thicker ones, shirley ?
||Interestingly, in academic theology, a couple of the world's leading experts on the Bible (both OT and NT) are Muslims. They speak regularly at conferences and seminars involving Jews, Christians and others. Their personal beliefs are considered entirely irrelevant to their academic expertise ...
||Are you saying I don't no how to right good?