posted on Aug, 11 2011 @ 08:53 PM
Anyone who can openly acknowledge egocentricity and apologize for it earns my utmost respect. We are all human. We have all done it. Acknowledging it
and growing as a result is a positive path to follow from those points though, in my opinion. Good for you.
I wholeheartedly agree. When we have disagreements, unless there is irrefutable proof of our own opinions, we should always go out of our way to say
things like, "in my opinion," and to carefully delineate between our opinions and facts. It is crucial that people be able to ask questions,
investigate the credibility of a claim, discuss it, etc. But this can and should be done with courtesy and mutual respect in my opinion.
A good habit to get into in my experience is to ask yourself a few simple questions before posting:
- I know what I believe, but do I know with certainty? (Have the humility to say, "I don't know for certain," or, "I'm not asserting
____________, I'm just asking questions.")
- Do I have any proof of my belief?
- How can I express my disagreement without being hostile or making someone feel attacked?
- How can I most effectively express my skepticism or belief with respect to a topic without making someone feel like I'm just being contrary?
- Does the person I'm discussing this with seem to feel attacked? If so, how can I assure them that this is not my intent?
Asking yourself these questions before posting, in my experience, is how you can distinguish what you intend to be polite persistence from what others
might inadvertantly take as trolling or attacking.
edit on 8/11/2011 by AceWombat04 because: Typo