Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Problem With Arguments

I'll admit it. I have a few soapbox issues that will still make me want to argue with other well meaning people. I'm better at recognizing them now than I was in the past, but I am still a work-in-progress. The thing is, arguments do not take us to a good place. They take us to a distracting place, and that is the whole problem.

Look at the debate on gun control. On one side of the debate you have people who do not like guns. They don't like the fact guns can be deadly. They don't like the perceived pain guns can cause. These people wish guns did not exist.

On the other side are the people who own guns (or at least believe people should have the right to own them). These people will use the guns to protect themselves. Sometimes they use them to hunt or just the thrill of shooting a target at the shooting range. One thing they don't do is go around shooting other people. Yes, every once in a while there is a tragic accident or someone becomes enraged and acts before thinking, but the VAST majority of gun owners go their whole lives without incident.

While I can see both sides of the argument, I also see this: arguing about the right to own guns gets nobody anywhere. All it does is serve to piss people off so they don't cooperate in other ways. The other sad truth is, neither argument addresses the real issues!

Instead of arguing, we should be asking questions! For example, why did the most recent shooting take place on an Oregon college campus? Was the shooter mentally ill? Was he on drugs? Was he angry? The point is, mental illness, drug use and anger management are the issues that need to be addressed!!! Giving someone a gun or taking one away is not the point!!! You can kill someone with a knife or a car or a baseball bat just as easily as you can kill someone with a gun!!!

When we wrap ourselves in arguments over things like guns or religion or politics or marriage, we unwittingly wrap ourselves up in the problems instead of the solutions! Arguments serve no useful purpose at all, unless you are one of the world's power brokers. The people in power are invested in our arguments because arguments distract us from our true callings. This is why the media (which they own and control) brings these arguments to us in every way imaginable--even through our entertainment!

Arguments do not allow us to fix the world. Want to create a new and improved world? Stop arguing and focus on solutions!!! It's that simple.


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