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Marlon Jones

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"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"

Voltaire once said “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it” Would I? Really? While maybe not dead, civility is definitely paralyzed in our country, in our communities, and in our homes. At what point did it become easier to antagonize, patronize, and vilify the “other” instead of conducting a reasoned discussion about the perplexing issues that surround us? Well into the machinations of the most recent elections it was being reported by various media sources that Americans were more divided than during any other time in history. There is simply something that does not sound quite right about that statement. Is it possible to have an honest and reasoned discussion? Is it possible to objectively consider an opposing point of view? Do we even agree on what the problems are? Disagreements are inevitable but being disagreeable is not. What do you think?

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  • Nov 20 2012: an argument is wen to people hash out there apposing opinions. a healthy argument is wen each feels vary passionate about there perspective yet don't disrespect the others point of view. I'm just as entitled to be a donkeys rear end and you are and the next person. that's what freedom is. as long as we don't cross the line and start to force our point of view on others. remember at any point you can pack up your toys and go home, but to stay and TRULY allow the debate to flourish in a constructive way is the goal. its like in marshal arts, your opponent is there to keep you at your peak performance and keep you from eluding your self in to thinking you are the best, they keep you honest. the only way to truly explore your opinion is to find someone that is in direct opposition to it. thus testing your theories in an open forum.

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