It’s too easy for me to disagree with so many people.
Am I thinking too much?
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.”