Look, Aerin, preparation is only half the challenge of winning a debate.
A superior intellect & sensitive person is not often as comfortable and confident in public as the mediocre minds and/or bumptious people because he thoroughly knows that some will hate his understanding points sheer out of their jealousy, and others particularly duffers’ will discuss and debate about his points mere out of their level of understanding to put the basics out of context.
The only truths worth arguing about are those truths that could prevent or lead to circumstances that may bite us in the rear sooner or later.
What is needed is not that a religion be true, meaning that what it claims exist beyond the ink it is written with in a holy book. That is hard to prove. What is important is that a religion be a good system to help us mere mortal deal with our short and troubled life in the universe. Whether what we hope for in the afterlife materializes or not is not important, what is important is that we believe it will materialize and that gives us hope.
It is always healthy to be honest.
Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster
There’s more to logic than identifying logical fallacies.
As for the majority, it is not so much race as it is political affiliation that really divides it today. What was once an issue of physical difference is now one of intellectual difference. Men have yet to master disagreeing without flashing all their frustrations that come with it; the conservative will throw half-truths while the liberal will throw insults. Combine these and what do you get? A dishonest mockery of a country.
A deep breath is a technique with which we minimize the number of instances where we say what we do not mean … or what we really think.
I have witnessed how the power of listening, storytelling and embracing gray areas breaks through the rigid ‘us vs. them.