How to Recognize the Verbal Enemy, Before You’re Caught Up in a Battle You Had Nothing To Do With
3 tips for handling a persistent opponent
There’s something disturbing going on in our culture — a troubling mindset shift that seems to be permeating society.
The situation isn’t new. It’s always existed in some form or fashion.
Still, the concept of blatantly expressing a personal opinion without regard or acknowledgment of other points of view is leading us down a dangerous road. Because some people have taken the concept of engaging in lively discourse and courteous dialogue to a whole new level of righteous privilege.
The result is alarming.
Apparently, being inappropriately arrogant has become a sport.
Even worse, the rules of fair play and polite debate have been pitched out the door. This brings up some relevant questions:
Why has the aggressive expression of ideas become common behavior for so many people who think they are always right about everything?
What changed in social boundaries to instill such a high level of confidence and authority that anyone with a potentially unpopular thought believes they won’t or can’t be challenged?
Pick a subject — politics, religion, health, wealth, success, what to wear, what to do, what to say or not say.
No topic of conversation or consideration seems to be off-limits.
Just to be clear and to keep the slings and arrows at bay, I’m not suggesting you should be devoid of opinion or loosen your commitments to your personal choices and beliefs.
What I am proposing is that in the real world where we all live, there are many others who also have their own ideas and perspectives — and your collective voices won’t always sing in harmony.