Playing Devil's Advocate: Have you ever answered a MyLot question this way

United States
June 27, 2009 9:21pm CST
, taking the opposing viewpoint of the discussion creator or the majority of responders, just to see where the debate would go? I want to start a Devil's Advocate Day on MyLot, where, like a political twist on April Fool's Day, we all oppose the common thinking or just our own normal thinking and have a little fun. We would have to avoid name calling, of course, but just coming up with crazy new ways to look at the same hum-drum problems could be awesome. I think I'll try it tomorrow and see how hard it is.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
28 Jun 09
I've never seen it here, or perhaps there are but I don't realize. And so far, I've not yet played the Devil's Advocate here in mylot. I believe in answering sincerely and so far, it's been that way. Would be interesting to see how you do it though, should you decide.. ;)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Sincerity is overrated. What good is it to telegraph your true feelings and ideals to others who will just use them against you later!
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
29 Jun 09
Ahh, I see your point there..
• United States
30 Jun 09
I did have a good point, I guess, but it wasn't really "mine", I was just playing Devil's Advocate already.
• United States
28 Jun 09
Heathcliff, hi.Very interestig idea, actually sounds kind of fun. I have found myself on that side of a debate/conversation a few times. I think it is because I do have the ability to see the different sides of things. I always seem to raise a good debate with my family amd friends..actually some time arguements! I guess it can be viewed both ways. One way, it is positive because you are being open-minded, however, on the other hand, you probebly will stir something up with some people, just be careful like you said with name calling!! I look forward to seeing this unravel!
• United States
28 Jun 09
Open-mindedness also has the problem of being wishy-washy. The tenet "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything" has a good history of truth to it. Play Devil's Advocate too much and you may not like the results. Now, do I really believe that, or am I being my own Devil's Advocate?