For the sake of argument

I’m an argumentative sort.  Most people who’ve known me for any length of time will tell you that.  Especially if there’s anything at material at stake, I like to thoroughly explore all sides of an issue.  And sometimes I just like to argue for the sake of exercising my brain and stopping it from just sitting there sluggishly and regulating my breathing.

I must admit that sometimes I get carried away; I have on occasion seen an alarmed look cross the face of my co-argumentor and realised that they thought I was taking it seriously – like I was really passionate about iron filings or the exact contours of a bowler hat.

And then there are the times when it’s hard to tell what the other person is thinking.  Aware that I can come across a little strong sometimes, I do make an effort to tone it down, and then I wonder if actually I’m just being wishy-washy and failing to make my point.  Especially online, after wrapping up a little parcel of opinion and firing it into the void, I may sit and watch it into the distance, wondering if I’ve just torpedoed a developing friendship.

For what it’s worth, people, I don’t hold grudges, and I don’t judge.  I’m a seeker after truth and beauty and all that, and as long as you’re not trying to obscure those, then we’re on the same side.


3 thoughts on “For the sake of argument

  1. I’m right there with ya! LOL! About not holding grudges, I mean. I do get passionate about things and I do have a tendency to “fight to the death” but afterwards, I won’t be your enemy. More like the benevolent friend who is kind despite your failure to see things my way. LOLOLOL!

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  2. I’m with J.R. and you on this. What we are turning into is a society that can’t voice opinions in a meaningful way. Tempering reason and logic with fear and non-existent facts. The problem I have with the internet is it is the largest compilation of information ever assembled in this history of man/womankind, yet many of us are stupider for it. Instead of thinking something through and putting some thought into a meaningful argument, I’ll just Google something that supports my claim, brand it as my own, and off I go!

    This mentality is what really scared me about blogging. I was worried about the trolls, grammar nazi’s, and other undesirables. Face-to-face it can be an argument, but online it usually turns into – who can search the most information and post it the fastest/stay awake longer and continue posting.

    Hah, rant ended. For what it’s worth – we’re on the same side. I enjoy an intelligent conversation. For me, arguments aren’t about winning, they are about uncovering truth and facing it on mutual ground. *takes cleansing breath* I feel better now.

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