One of my friends likes nothing more than to ensnare me in wearying debates. Given that we are polar political opposites and his strong opinions – and his 6-foot 5-inch frame – overpower me, I often opt for restraint.
In “The Coddling of the American Mind,” authors warn until we learn to argue better, we will grow dumber, be less happy and become a nation of grudge holders.
CBS’ John Dickerson offers keys to arguing successfully:
• Treat others like human beings.
• Generously interpret others’ views.
• Don’t judge by association.
• Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
• Practice humility.
– Betsie Gambel, The New Orleans 100