Friday, October 21, 2011

Rational thought

I really have slight writer's block today in terms of good blog posts. Over the last couple of days, I've got into a couple of online debates.

Most people debate rationally. Others, however, seem incapable of doing so. What makes the difference between people who can disagree with respect...and people who start calling names, blocking people and making threats?

Is it just an anger control thing? Or does it reflect training...is it that the people who can debate in a reasonable manner are those who have actually, at some point in their lives, been taught to debate?

I think that may be the closest thing...and if that is the case, then the answer is to teach our children how to debate. How to argue a point. How to cite sources. How to be sure to attack the opinions of the opponent rather than their character. We'd certainly have a much more civil...and fun...internet if everyone could do it right.

Thoughts?