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When I was in middle school, several of us
argued religion on the playground. The object of our contentious discussions
a) be right (superior subjectively and objectively)
b) be distinguished (different from and opposed to someone)
c) win (prevail at the expense of the other denominational viewpoint).
Sixty years later I regard that display of
combative ignorance as childish and unproductive. It was shared entertainment,
but other games and sports would have had more positive personal and social
Is adult discourse any different from that
childhood activity? Do contentious political discussions shed any light
on our adult topics? Do political camps focus on winning instead of listening
to and uplifting other people? Are we missing positive exercises that increase
Are we prepared to grow up?
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