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Friday, July 20, 2012

It's always interesting to me that people with opposing viewpoints assume that I will fight them to the death because of my own. I think it surprises a lot of people to come across a pro-(insert abortion stance here)-er who is open minded enough to understand the other side, and sympathize with it. Instead of two open minded individuals coming to a conversation, it's one willing to discuss both sides and one who is walking into it with their guards up and locked in place. It's a waste of time for both parties, which is annoying (to say the least).

The next time you're faced with someone whose opinion differs from your's, don't go into the conversation ready to defend. Go into it with your mind and ears open, and you just mind learn something about the other side.

4 comments:

  1. I don't really care if you defend your positions to the death, or not, but it does bother me that you have written several posts on TFMR with no apparent research into alternate perspectives on the topic. IMO, that indicates an unwillingness to explore other viewpoints than that with which you are comfortable. You want to read stories that support your view that fetal anomaly is a tragedy and TFMR is a heroic response, and nothing else. Anything that contradicts that view with logic or beliefs that fall outside traditional pro life rhetoric seems to be off the table. IMO, This is a serious flaw in your research method. Moreover, at the end of your blog posts, you often ask, "what do you think?" so I assume you want someone to answer you...

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  2. Your comment makes no sense in reference to this post.

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  3. Sure it does-or, it does to me: You say in this post that you aren't going to keep beating a dead horse, so to speak, that at least to some extent, you're going to agree to disagree, so people shouldn't expect you to respond to everything they say or suggest, or to get riled up over it. I'm saying, in response, that I don't really care if you don't want to respond to me, personally and I'm not commenting here just to upset you, but I am bothered that your analysis of this particular issue is so one-sided. I feel that, ironically, you're using your open-mindedness as an excuse not to address other perspectives on TFMR, and that this is at least part of the reason why you haven't engaged the disability rights perspective on this topic. You seem to be taking the position that you're not going to "fight people to the death" over these issues, so there is no need to engage that perspective.

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  4. This post is about both sides accepting the other's viewpoints and saving the fight. You took the opportunity to say that it doesn't bother you if I disagree with you BUT.....(insert things that have nothing to do with this post).

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