In a Discussion it's not About Who's Right or Who's Wrong

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@josie_ (7767)
Philippines
June 12, 2017 9:02pm CST
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." ~ Voltaire Many members avoid posting discussions and/or making comments on controversial topics. For good reasons. Issues in politics and religion are the most sensitive since it would be a subject that intrudes into personal beliefs. When a discussion becomes intense, emotions often flare up leading to unreasonable behavior. Civility be damn and personal attacks that have no bearing on the subject matter are thrown at each other. This is unfortunate and goes against what Mylot is all about. A community where diverse beliefs and opinions are express freely in the marketplace of ideas. I like discussing and arguing about debatable subjects. It is an opportunity to get different perspective and broaden understanding of the issues in question. However, there are people who wear their beliefs on their sleeve. They post discussions and dare others to prove them wrong. Although I enjoy lighthearted stories about day to day life, some serious discussions adds spice to the mix. But I must thread softly least I unknowingly step on a landmine of explosive irrationality inside a "provocateur's" discussion waiting for a victim. Do you avoid discussions about sensitive and controversial topics? Have you ever unwittingly walk into a nest of vipers and got stung by the verbal abuse of an opinionated, myopic and close-minded member? Photo Image: Pixabay
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@ridingbet (59467)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
i want to shy away from politics and most of all, religion. when i have a topic, a personal one, to discuss, i accept any criticism, but not to the extent of challenging me and commenting against what is done or what i believe in. i had an experience with a user, not a Filipino, who did not accept my explanation, and i was the one who posted the discussion. i had to get rude to this user, pointing out that question "haven't you read my discussion?"
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@ridingbet _It's seldom we have to resort to harsher response since most members follow a code of behavior when interacting with others. In cases where it is obvious that further discussion is futile because we don't agree, I would stop commenting any further
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@ridingbet (59467)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@josie_ precisely, that is why i made that harsh comment because the user was getting into my nerves; the user wanted to stick to his/her point of view even though i already stated the facts. it was good the user did not respond anymore.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@ridingbet _Maybe you got into the user's nerves.
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@JustBhem (42960)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jun 17
I just read them and don't comment because I don't want to create issues.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@JustBhem _If I find the post interesting and well written in terms of rational reasoning, I will engage in a discussion.
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@JustBhem (42960)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jun 17
@josie_ I see that.
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@LadyDuck (176500)
• Switzerland
13 Jun 17
I avoid sensitive discussions because several times I have found very rude those who write them. They do not accept a different opinion and become very aggressive if you try to defend a different opinion or idea. I know that there are users with whom I can discuss everything. Now I know which users to avoid. Very narrow minded and convinced that what they say is right.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@LadyDuck _I think the best way to judge whether a person will be offended easily by the difference of your opinions is to gauge the level of their sense of humor. Someone like me won't be easily offended by the "slings and arrows" of outrageous comments.I simply respond with the kitchen sink of logic and rationality to knock some senses into their head.
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@LadyDuck (176500)
• Switzerland
13 Jun 17
@josie_ It's hard to knock some sense into people who seem not to have a head at all.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 17
I do avoid those sort of discussions in general, but occasionally I will state my opinion in a reasonable matter. I do think that everyone has a right to their own opinions, but I won't get into any slanging matches.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 17
@josie_ Haha - see you've learned something new!
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@allknowing (69447)
• India
13 Jun 17
I have taken myLot to be a place where I can truly relax and if I see someone rubbing me the wrong way I avoid those people and this may include controversial topics, sadly.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@allknowing _That's one way of avoiding conflict with fellow members. After all we're here to enjoy and have a rewarding experience.
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Jun 17
Can't say that avoiding certain topics would be my thing. We have probably all be in a situation where we wish those speaking would just go away....far, far away @josie_
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
22 Jun 17
@PatZAnthony _You're so right. It's not the topics we should avoid but the people who are unwilling to keep an open mind on the opinions of others.
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
22 Jun 17
@josie_ Some seem to have an agenda and are going to continue on a subject until their last breath.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
22 Jun 17
@PatZAnthony _As long as the discussion is kept civil and focus on the subject I am fine with continuing the dialog.
14 Jun 17
Yes, this is the case on Facebook which is why I rarely use it anymore because all they do anymore is fight over politics and religion. They don't discuss it, its literally "I'm right, you're wrong" and then it turns into name calling etc. Etc. When my father was alive though I found it funny to bring those two subjects up because it was always hours of ranting and talking about his beliefs, I never planned on getting away from his house until late lol.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@gimitchelray _It would have been preferable if during my youth my father subjected me to long hours of conversation about politics and religion instead of "what are you going to do about your future" one way conversations.
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14 Jun 17
@josie_ oh yes I am familiar with that also lol my father would always lecture me on what I could be doing with my life because I was "smarter than I acted". I think maybe parents sometimes just put to much faith in their children lol but I guess they are suppose to do that.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@gimitchelray _As a parent I did that too. Now that I'm a grandparent, I spoil my grandchildren rotten.
• United States
13 Jun 17
guilty 'f the latter 's i've done such several times (unknowin'ly). i ought to learn to avoid such 't my age, eh?
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@crazyhorseladycx _Assuming you meant real snakes living in farm lands and not in mylot.
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• United States
16 Jun 17
@josie_ sadly both :(
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@sol_cee (17389)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
13 Jun 17
Nest of vipers. lol
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@sol_cee _My second choice was a bed of scorpions.
@sol_cee (17389)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
13 Jun 17
@josie_ harsh
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@luispas (1702)
• Venezuela
13 Jun 17
I love to hear people's opinion as much as I love to give mine. I think that's the way we grow, learning from others, understanding that we're not alone and there's bunch of people out there who can think anything (almost) and they'll be right.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@luispas _Mutual respect is important even if we do not agree with each other's views or opinions.
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@luispas (1702)
• Venezuela
13 Jun 17
@josie_ I agree with you, tolerance is what we all need.
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@moirai (2261)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
Do I avoid controversial discussions? Hmm... Maybe, maybe not. Can't remember exactly. But depending on what topic it is, I might avoid it, or I might not. Am I confusing? Hehe. I am one of those who also like to hear many sides of a story, many points of view of a topic, and I also like to say my opinion. I might try to respectfully point out any flaws I see about the other person's point of view, but if they are firm on their stand, I have no desire to change their minds. Agree to disagree, I say. One of the important things is to stay civil and respectful. Don't call the ones who don't share your opinion as an idiot or whatever.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@moirai _The start of your comment can become controversial. As for calling anyone an idiot for not sharing my opinion, I never stoop to that level but rather raise up to the occasion with some backhand complement on their intelligence. I might say, "Do you know your intelligence is at the level of Donald Trump?
@moirai (2261)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@josie_ How do you mean controversial? And lol! But noooo,.. I wouldn't do that either. That's pretty much the same thing to me.
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@vsai2008 (9857)
• India
13 Jun 17
I just talk about what I feel like about any topic and depending on the other person, i tend to talk more or less about the same. It is essential to say if what you feel is correct :) I didnt come across such people
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@vsai2008 _Welcome to mylot. You'll find most members here helpful and are generally nice people.
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@vsai2008 (9857)
• India
13 Jun 17
@josie_ Yes
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@Gwynivar (13)
• United States
26 Jun 17
I enjoy discussions and debates, and accept that not everyone will agree with me and that's fine. As long as everyone is civil, and it doesn't get personal, I'm happy to discuss. It's what makes meeting people interesting!
@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
27 Jun 17
@Gwynivar _I find mylot a good place to posts discussions. Generally everyone follow the rules regarding comments.
@thelme55 (15059)
• Germany
13 Jun 17
I avoid some sensitive discussions but sometimes I can't help it but commented. When I sense that it's getting unacceptable, I move on.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@thelme55 _I also stop further comments if I notice the tone of the response is getting heated.
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@mandala100 (50545)
• Hong Kong
13 Jun 17
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion as we often heard. We also heard that there's no right or wrong opinion. So many men and women and so many thinking minds.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@mandala100 _It's best to have a conversation with like-minded people but if everyone agrees with you, it would be a boring interaction.
@responsiveme (16816)
• India
13 Jun 17
I avoid sensitive discussions and people who are rude
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@responsiveme _I don't avoid sensitive discussions but rude people I try to stay away from.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
13 Jun 17
Yes, I have responded to a discussion or two - and soon realized my mistake.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
14 Jun 17
@Kandae11 _We never know until we dive into the fray.
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@JolietJake (51107)
• United States
13 Jun 17
You are wrong!!!
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@JolietJake _I don't mind going the wrong way if it get's me to the right place.
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@Srbageldog (8244)
• United States
13 Jun 17
In general, I try to avoid talking about politics or religion, or other controversial matters. I have gotten into heated arguments about these things with people on social media before, and have had friendships end over it. I do like reading other people's viewpoints on matters, but I prefer to keep my opinion to myself because I just can't handle getting into heated debates (or verbal fights) online anymore. It stresses me out too much.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@Srbageldog _Discussions often turn into arguments and the only thing then that matters is proving you are right and the other side wrong. If an argument can end a friendship, you're probably better off knowing how brittle and shallow that friendship was.
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@sol_cee (17389)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
13 Jun 17
Written medium tends be misconstrued easily.
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@josie_ (7767)
• Philippines
13 Jun 17
@sol_cee _There are times what we wrote did not accurately describe what we had in mind