Posted by Matt, on Wed, 01 Jan 2020 19:48:54 -0500, in thoughts

Open discussions are one of the most important aspects of a fair and free Society. I love to talk about issues that are unpopular, because a solution can only be found when there is a discussion. Getting mad and ending a conversation serves no useful purpose, wastes time and makes you look bad.

With that being said there are appropriate times to end a conversation -- For example when the conversation is going nowhere -- But more often than not I see people ending a discussion because they get mad. Two people should be able to have a disagreement without it ending in some form of emotional outrage.

Why do we do this? Why do you use emotions and grandstanding as a means to solve our issues when we know it doesn't work?

You would think that with the amount of time civilization has been around that we would have learned the value of civil discourse, but it seems we are forgetting its value more and more each day. Instead of treating a disagreement as an opportunity for discussion we use it as an excuse to get mad end relationships.

Maybe I'm old-fashioned and maybe I just don't understand how Society works now, but the dissolution of civility leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I see a lot of yelling and a lot of outrage but I don't see anything productive coming of it. It seems to me that we are reverting back to a mob mentality and that notion is frightening.