I read today:
“How does it make you feel when you have a strong disagreement or argument with someone? Does it ever make anything better?” – Karol Truman.
Sobering thought. No, I always feel more discontent and unhappy, even if I am in the right and “win”.
In response to this question on Facebook I received a response that really struck me. The writer was talking about a particular discussion that went south, hurt feelings, and friendships were severed. They said,
“Now when I’m online, I feel I can’t post my thoughts in fear I will be ridiculed and harsh debates will begin. I will just talk about fashion, cats, and the love for family; can’t go wrong there, right?”
Is this what we want to accomplish, to silence the more tender voices and turn our discussions banal? How can I share opinion and ideas that are different than another, without contention? Is it even possible?