A few rules on how to debate meaningfully. Some or all of them may be obvious to you; yet, I often forget about them. So I'm writing down this little help booklet for me. And maybe for some of you.
- Listening is more important than speaking.
- If you know someone isn't going to listen, don't debate. They're not worth your time.
- Distill carefully the arguments from the person. Don't mix these up, as it may mess everything up.
- Assume everything can be defined in multiple ways. Even though, in reality, many things can't.
- Neither of you know everything about the topic. Leave place for uncertainty when you're not sure about something. It's better to admit than lie.
- Assume the goodwill of the person you're debating against. Otherwise, it will be hard to utter anything comprehensive.
- Respect everyone and everything at all cost. The ultimate value. The ultimate rule.
Many things to debate these days. Remember, be civil, be human.
We can't loose our humanity.