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Try to imagine a culture where arguments are not viewed in terms of war, where no one wins or loses, where there is no sense of attacking or defending, gaining or losing ground. Imagine a culture where an argument is viewed as a dance, the participants are seen as performers, and the goal is to perform in a balanced and aesthetically pleasing way. In such a culture, people would view arguments differently, experience them differently, carry them out differently, and talk about them differently.

I suppose that's the way we would like argument on ET to be.

When it becomes a war everyone ends up as frazzled as when a fistfight erupts in a dance hall.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Aug 29th, 2009 at 04:01:50 AM EST
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As far as discovering the (more or less) real world or valuable stories is concerned, all is needed is to exclude bullshit arguments from the discussion. But tha would be called "fascism" by Bill O'Reilys.
by das monde on Mon Aug 31st, 2009 at 01:06:19 AM EST
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