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Date Posted: 07:05:46 12/11/16 Sun
Author: K
Subject: Re: Divisiveness gone rogue
In reply to: Denny 's message, "Divisiveness gone rogue" on 03:55:25 12/11/16 Sun

>Den...put this on fb to be shared there. TY.

I watched a couple of teens square off verbally the
>other day and later learned the argument was over some
>trivial and passing issue. They had heard their
>parents talking about the issue at home and as fate
>would have it, the students' parents voiced opposing
>views. The students carried these view into the
>classroom and when one student expressed her parent's
>view, the opposition sprung into defense mode to
>protect the view her parents held (now her view).
>Things haven't changed over the generations. What we
>hear and see at home serve to shape our opinions and
>perspectives for our own lives. Occasionally we
>rebelled ...either because we want to piss off the
>parents, challenge their authority over us, or because
>we have learned they are not infallible and we develop
>our own opinions and perspectives.
>The opposing viewpoints that dominated discussions
>during the election campaigns and subsequently have
>turned many friends and acquaintances against one
>another, often to the point one or the other "flushes"
>the relationship out of anger, disgust or merely self
>preservation. There have been instances where even I,
>peacemaker that I am, with high tolerance for abuse
>and ignorance--even stupidity--was tempted to withdraw
>silently from the battlefield, conceding that the
>person whose view I could not tolerate was not worth
>arguing with or wasting my time on. I did not "flush"
>Opposing opinions is a fact of relationships and if we
>cannot be civil toward others in conversation, despite
>our differences, then perhaps the relationship should
>be terminated. I would not take the road of broken
>pavement out of a sense of superiority, sense of
>nobleness , or "privilege". I'd personally take it to
>avoid a dead end or sink hole. We are supposed to be
>mature adults, capable of controlling emotions and
>behaviors--not adolescents feeling our way through
>society, as yet unformed and susceptible to raging
>hormones and misguided philosophies.
>And that'S all I have to say about that.

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  • Re: Divisiveness gone rogue -- Dave Shickel, 15:22:06 12/11/16 Sun
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