Debate School Part 1: What am I Doing? I Think I Should Just Shut Up.

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Oh, No

I come up with these crazy ideas all the time. Some flash of light will hit my brain and before you know it my passions are running rampant down some winding path of self-discovery or philosophical experimentation. It’s these meandering muses that get me in trouble.

It’s not because I’m some revolutionary but because my communication sux. I am clumsy with my case and my arguments are often poorly presented. I use emotionally charged words and immature approaches. I speak before I think. In short I need to learn the art of debate.

What the heck is debate?

I guess if I’m going to learn to debate I need to know what it is. According to Wikipedia debate is:

…a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, since it includes persuasion which appeals to the emotional responses of an audience, and rules enabling people to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact. My motivation in debate is usually to discuss a topic that I am thinking about. So according to this definition my real desire is not for a debate. In fact, I think my intention is just to be heard most of the time. Yikes. That’s pretty dumb. If I’ve never mentioned what a retarded idiot I am to you personally please let this be my public acknowledgment of that fact.

Decide what you want before you do it

I guess what I need to learn from this lesson today is if I don’t want a debate I need to just write it down in my journal. I think it’s kind of arrogant to just expect people to listen to my thoughts without any form of opposing perspective (debate or otherwise). If I’m not ready to debate then it just needs to stay personal. Gosh this brings up a lot of issues.

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