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Internet debates

*sighs*

Okay, here it is for what it's worth.

Nobody, no one person and certainly no one group has THE truth. At best they have pieces of A truth. And yes, truth is subjective. Sometimes (and more than you might think) people can show you truth you didn't know. Start with the truths you know and pay attention with an open mind.

Look for the worth in every person. There, but for Lady Luck and your good kith and kin, go you.

When someone gives you either/or, immediately start looking for a fourth, fifth, and seventh solution. That means you HAVE to find the third and sixth solutions too. When it comes to humans, it's never about dual values.

Sometimes, you're wrong. As someone who deals with both progressives and conservatives, each is wrong about half the time on a really good day.

People cherish their passions. And yes, that takes precedence over truth each and every time.

Politics corrupt. Period. One of humanity's worst urges is to meddle "for your own good." It's even worse when it has the force of law behind it.

The battle isn't always worth the price. Personally I pick and choose very carefully. And even then I admit my flaws and drawbacks whenever I can.

Even when the discussions get heated, I try very hard to go after the ideas and not the person. Of course when someone steps over the line, they are fair game.

I usually go for the draw and not the win. It's not life or death. I don't need to destroy someone utterly. It's words, opinions. It's better if everyone walks away with something, even if the thing they walk away with is that I am a weirdo.

Leave the place a little better than how you found it.
NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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