Feb. 27th, 2003

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Is it wrong to engage someone you disagree with in a debate if you think there is no common ground on which to meet?

A live journalist who is young and full of passion wrote an entry that I passionately disagree with. But I stand back, and have not commented on it, although they specifically asked for comments. I feel like a coward, but at the same time I believe that any criticism I might offer will simply cause more anger and pain. I mean, I know I could demolish the arguments, but there is a strong sense that no matter how reasoned I may be, it will not change any opinions or even modify them. If you cannot even agree on basic premises can you really debate? I see this a lot in _debate_, People go back and forth and round and round and really they are talking from totally different basic understandings of what truth and reason mean. They talk past each other.

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