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It’s too easy.

It’s too easy for me to disagree with so many people.

Am I thinking too much?

Not enough?

Is it critical thinking, or am I just thinking critically?

I have an answer for my opinions.  I am kind of forceful when I’m stating them.  I do not wish for no competition – engagement when you disagree with me is kind of awesome – but I want the competition to hear what I’m saying and respond to THAT, rather than just re-word their original statement.

I’ve gone through nearly 5 years of college (counting APSU way back in the day) where I am surrounded by people who do not know how to argue.

They either yell right out of the starting gate, or they become a shrinking violet.  The ones who sound rational may not necessarily have any ideas to back up their claims, but discourse with them is at least pleasant for a little while.  These sorts of arguers usually turn into shouters later, when you don’t acquiesce to their demands of “recognizing” their genius.

I’m the only person in a class capable of arguing the point that in order to discuss an abstract object as a group, the entire group must agree on a definition of that abstract object or idea – in this case, Enlightenment.

Are we in an age of enlightnment?

It’s all a matter of perspective.

I’ve been told that looking at it that way is wrong.

But that’s the only way I can look at it, because it’s ABSTRACT.  The professor refuses to give us concrete examples sociologically.  Like, the population of Memphis.  Or the political climate of the USA.  Or the continuing conflict in Iran.

You have to have a “point of impact” in order to explore an instance of “enlightenment.”

I spend an hour talking back and listening to my professor, and the more he talked, the more I thought, “I hope to God I’m not a teacher like that, and that I never have a student like me.”  Also:  He looks like Professor Lockhart from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Kind of acts like him, too.

Anyway, it’s too easy for me to get into these kinds of conversations with others.  Would this be called a talent or a shortcoming if I were to “win” quite a few rounds?

Is not agreeing – successfully- a talent that has to be learned, or is it a skill that’s inborn?

Should I stop blogging under the influence of Ambien?

ALL THIS AND MORE…on tomorrow’s episode of “The Young and the Squeaky.”

10 comments to It’s too easy.

  • Ahem. Given this, you are a prime candidate for law school. Seriously.

  • Dead on. If an idea cannot be defined– and that definition agreed on by a group– then discussing it is futile.

    • I talked to him after class and pointed that out, and he closed his eyes while replying that everyone else seemed to have the same idea of the material – I was the only one who wanted a more firm definition. I asked him if he was aware that most of the people stopped paying attention well before he’d asked if we all understood. That seemed to irritate him a bit.

      Oh, well. I’m not in college to make friends.

      • “… he closed his eyes while replying that everyone else seemed to have the same idea of the material…”

        ‘Go to a happy place, go to a happy place…’ (sigh) Had a philosophy prof like him.

        “Oh, well. I’m not in college to make friends.”

        Heh. Heh-heh-heh. Me, either. Waiting for one of the hippies to recognize the Blackwater cap. (chuckle)

  • I went to see the doctor of philosophy
    With a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knee
    He never did marry or see a B-grade movie
    He graded my performance, he said he could see through me
    I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper
    And I was free.

    – The Indigo Girls

  • Sigivald

    I totally agree. I like argument in the philosophical style.

    I’m sick and tired of “arguing” with people who don’t even know why they believe what they believe (and don’t even know that they don’t know – I at least know when my preferences and believes are based on intuition), but try to “argue” it anyway.

    (I suppose that explains some of the screaming, though. Emotional investment you don’t even recognise…)

    • Yeah, that kills me, when people start yelling that they “don’t care” about the topic, and we should just drop it. That’s actually a really good sign that they care a great deal about the topic. lulz and all that.

  • Tass

    I also enjoy a good argument, BUT it has to include intelligent back and forth communication. I get soooo tired of people who just keep repeating the same phrase over and over and just getting louder each time. It just reminds me of the Jerry Springer show.