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Learning Not to Argue

Posted on | October 9, 2016 | 12 Comments

One of the important lessons in life — and it took me a long time to learn it — is to avoid arguments. That is to say, when you find yourself in a situation where someone is determined to dispute about facts, as opposed to mere opinion, just leave it alone and walk away. You have stated what you believe to be true, and the person trying to have an argument with you is, in effect, accusing you of ignorance and/or poor judgment. You are being disrespected, and there is no possibility that someone who has no respect for you will be persuaded by anything more you have to say. Change the subject, or politely excuse yourself from the conversation, because continuing such an argument will only give further offense to your antagonist, and likely cause harm to your reputation.


Yesterday, I stated as a fact that the presidential election is now effectively over, that the release of Donald Trump’s “hot mic” tape is a “non-recoverable error.” I am 57 years old, and have studied politics quite assiduously during my life, and if I don’t know what I’m talking about by now when it comes to elections, then I must be a hopeless fool. Scissors-32x32.png


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