I love to debate. Debated all throught high school and college. I like to debate and sometimes fight. When I feel I am 100% right, the goal is to change others minds. When I feel I'm pretty sure about something, but not quite, then I like to hear other's opinions.
But what really amazes, saddens, and angers me at times about these forum debates, is that even when you make valid points, others start asking or attacking your person instead of your ideas. Or when they do respond, it's some looooong and boring diatribe that no one wants to read.
Then it turns into an all out brawl, or "flame war." Then.... when it gets too nasty you get all of the little cry-babies who report the offenders. Which IS SO amazing to me. You would actually hope to get that person kicked off a site because he didn't play well in the sand box.
Then you have people who say things like this, (after the fact of course):
"I am wondering the same thing myself, since all that some people seem to be interested in is heaping abuse on others they do not agree with. Why? I suspect because sub-consciously their belief system is entwined with coping with insecurities, neuroses, or fear of rejection from a society or culture.
" So now they are analyzing why someone said what? Could it be that they just thought you were full of shit?
One of the best lines from one of these "experts" is:
"Many people approach a debate with a closed mind and an axe to grind looking to put down others so they can feel good about themselves. A feeling of power and superiority over others is very addictive."
I just bow to the superior mental intellect of some of you. I must study responses better and learn to stamp my feet and cry. And when that doesn't work...REPORT THEM.