I feel like people have lost the art of argument.
Or maybe many just never had it at all.
It’s not about convincing others or forcing them to your will, for me. Never has been.
But for me, a lot of the time argument/discussion helps me figure out if my opinions are any good.
If I can defend my thoughts, back them up, support them, counter others’ points… then I have a clue that it’s well thought out and possibly accurate.
So many people consider any disagreement with their opinions as some sort of personal attack or offense, instead of a valuable service provided free of charge by the world to help them become better people.
I tell people all the time that I LOVE when people disagree with me, as it allows me to see new ways of thinking, believing and understanding the world (even when I think they are wrong). It makes me a better person for knowing and makes my own arguments (for myself and with others) stronger.
Just some food for thought this morning.
Do you welcome arguments as a way to grow? Or do you avoid them or take offense?