Conversations Matter

Today I learnt that:

If you are debating someone on any issue, your aim is not to convince them to change their opinion.

That’s an utterly futile exercise.

Instead, your objective must to be convince the unbiased person listening to the debate to agree with your point of view

If you are enraged at their argument or upset at how could they have won the debate,

remember that it is through conversation and debate that you argue, challenge, and dislodge them off their position,

and it is your right to free speech that allows you to do so.

We must always remind ourselves that criticism is not persecution, argument is not assault, and words are not violence.

Let speech be free and may conversations flourish.

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