The Point

My family used to sit around the dinner table and discuss social and political issues.  Often my older sister would try to bait my parents with questions like: What would you do if one of us came home pregnant?  It was a way to explore the world and get advice without asking for it directly.  As a result of my teen years, I tended to debate with my friends in college without understanding that they were confused when I switched sides from one day to the next or became passionate about any given issue.  (Discussions were often loud and emotional at our dinner table).  One well-meaning friend in college once taped a quote to my dorm room door that said, “It is better to debate a question without answering it than to answer a question without debating it.”  I still think that way.  I have some strong opinions and think we have plenty to talk about if we bother to quit staring at ourselves in the mirror long enough to see the world.  So I write this blog and invite comments and hope it helps.

Responses

  1. I laughed the entire time while reading. Your family sounds like mine. Loud, argumentative, emotional. And I love the quote taped to your dorm room door.

  2. “It is better to debate a question without answering it than to answer a question without debating it.” – This will work it’s way into my writing and teaching. I don’t know how yet, but it must. Thanks for your posts!


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