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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Disagreement Fuels Debate

In our world, we have lost the ability to debate. This has occurred because we are no longer allowed to disagree with one another. This is ironic since "disagreement fuels debate".

It is also absurd because we are all individuals, and therefore we think differently.

Even the most compliant among us if they are honest does not agree with everything they seem to endorse or accept. The problem is many would rather get along than disagree because disagreeing has been portrayed as being divisive.

The willingness for someone to stifle their own individuality to be seen as a unifying voice, is one of the saddest things I have seen in my lifetime. We are who we are, our life and our experiences have given us insight others may not have and may benefit from. Just as the experience and insights of others may benefit us.

Yet, many chose to go along just to get along and somehow and they feel justified in doing so.

How can this be? What happened to us or, have we always been this way?

I suppose it is the latter as our history tell us. People have always stood by while atrocities occurred. Then these same people will act as if it is not happening.

Sadly, new, and greater atrocities may be just around the corner and as in the past it will be horrific before many choose to speak out or get involved.

If we agree “disagreement fuels debate”, we understand debate is where ideas and reason call us to action. The question is, are we willing to disagree? Or will we allow our own thoughts and ideas to be hidden for fear debate may reveal where we have gone wrong?

How can disagreement be bad when it is a s natural as breathing? How can we be willing to submit to things we disagree with?

Contemplating these questions is crucial as we find ourselves moving further and further toward total submission and compliance.

I know I am a libertarian at heart, and this causes me to be naturally suspicious of the imposed will of others. But, more importantly, I am a Christian and I believe in the precept to test everything.

I am thankful my heart and mind are poised to disagree and debate issues. The question is, are you ready to let “disagreement fuel debate” in your life or are you just willing to stand by and let your views and opinions fuel someone else’s debate?

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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