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It wasn't my fault was it? I thought we were having some lively discussions.
Oh, no -- not at all. You were one of the best aspects of Facebook. I greatly enjoyed our humorous Left/Right sparring and will miss it.
I wondered why we were able to spar and mock each others values/point of views and still be nice to each other when conflict in the TG forums seems to degrade into personal attacks so often. Perhaps our past as 1stMIP members? Perhaps the fact that it did not occur in a TG forum and that itself changed identity/status issues. Perhaps a simple matter of similar personalities (we do not take such disagreement too seriously?).
Actually I wasn't in the 1stMIP, but thanks for the invitation! :D
I am in no way defending or attacking one side or the other here but.....
I was actually paying a lot of attention to those threads, and I was wondering what was causing all that angst. I was going to participate in the discussion but it seemed more like everybody yelling at each other rather than discussing anything. It could have been as easy as everybody stating their case and why they believe that and that could have been the end of it. But it got personal real fast and I didn't want to have anything to do with that. Just agree to disagree, damn..... Everybody had good points on their side of the conversation.
I actually think one of the reasons we could disagree with each other and still have fun about it was our respective situations. For me, I was in the military, so I had to work with people from all over the country regardless of any ideology/creed/color/gender/etc whatsoever it might be. The only thing that was important was the mission and getting everybody back home if possible. Since I've been in college, I've had to work with and listen to people from all over the world. I don't feel the same kind of brotherhood with my fellow classmates as I did with my fellow service members, but my prior military experience taught me how to understand that others have opinions too, and they may not necessarily correlate with mine. They certainly have a right to them as long as they don't try to force them on me. The important thing, however, is that we get the mission (or term paper ;)) done. At the end of the day, though, that is what I've learned from these experiences.
Others did not seem to receive the same message, but that is OK. They are not me. So you are right, I don't take disagreement seriously. In fact, I often find agreement boring.