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Mar 06, 2019 23:47:54

When Do You Stop Arguing?

by @keenencharles | 234 words | 🐣 | 200💌

Keenen Charles

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I try to be open to ideas and conflicting opinions. Arguments are good for society. They help us improve our understanding and refine our opinions. Science is based on the scientific method and peers attempting to disprove your hypotheses. But in daily life, we're faced with many arguments that lack any basis in truth. We meet arguers who refuse facts that disprove their beliefs. So how do you handle this?

If it's an argument on the best flavour of ice cream, who cares? But some ideas can have far-reaching negative consequences. Flat earthers, for example, seem innocently stupid enough but if their ideas get enough weight and they spread their beliefs to their children society is negatively affected. How do we approach these people? Do we continue to argue with them in hopes of convincing them or do we dismiss their ideas for what they are (unscientific and illogical)?

How much disingenuous arguing do you tolerate?

At one point do you say enough is enough?

In an ideal world, you'd be able to have a rational discussion that respects everyone, You'd be patient and share your point of view and evidence behind it while understanding where the other side is coming from.

But the world isn't ideal. It can be exhausting and disappointing to have these discussions. They rarely lead to any changed opinions. So what do you do? Keep trying? Or give up?

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    @keenencharles - I love this quote.

    "Don't argue with a fool. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

    Some arguments are not worth your energy. Sound proof high quality earphones we're invented to tune them out.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 01, 2019 21:12:42
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      @keni haha great quote and I really need to invest in a pair of those

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | May 01, 2019 18:55:29
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    @keenencharles this really resonated. It sounded like you recently experienced an exhausting argument situation? For me, I argue if I can sense the other party is committed to being open, to learn and the possibility of changing his/her mind. But unfortunately, most people argue on social media to win. If I smell a whiff of that, I cut my losses and walk away. Frustrating, but I won't even remember it tomorrow.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 06, 2019 22:58:15
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      @jasonleow Actually I was really tempted to get involved in a discussion I saw that made me really upset. But I saw others trying to share articles and be open-minded with the person only to be dismissed. It seemed like commenting would just be a waste of my time which got me thinking about this.

      "For me, I argue if I can sense the other party is committed to being open, to learn and the possibility of changing his/her mind."
      I think that's the best way to go about it but I also wonder maybe if I persist they'll see my reasoning. I guess you have to just accept it and walk away as you say.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Mar 07, 2019 10:37:55
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      @keenencharles good move, bro. It does leave a bitter after taste to walk away from such wanton narrow-mindedness, for sure. I hate that feeling too.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Mar 07, 2019 21:01:40
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