Does anyone actually WIN an argument?
In the history of all arguments has ANYONE EVER convinced the other party that YOUR way of thinking was better than THEIR way of thinking? I'm thinking no.
What do we do? I haven't had a "good" argument in a long time. I told Carolyn, well, except for my ex-husband the only person I've argued with in the past 13 years is well, Duncan. He's a teenager now, he knows everything. That doesn't really count as an argument.
IN MY OPINION, when people argue, this is what they are saying "I'm right, you are wrong" "I completely don't understand why you don't think the way I do".
What do we do?
The boys dad and I have the same argument year after year. The price of hockey versus every other sport in the world and being well rounded. He presents his side. I present my side. We have this SAME argument every year.
I know, no matter what, he's NEVER going to think the way I think. There is also nothing he can say or do to convince me to his way of thinking.
How do you draw the line the sand? Much less WHERE do you draw the line in the sand.....
Every year he tells me his wishes for the boys and their aspiring hockey careers. I have learned to just keep my mouth shut. I want those same wishes. Every year I wish he understood my side. He doesn't understand why I don't understand the way he thinks. We both want the same thing, we just have different methods on how we were going to get there.
The funny thing is, we both want the same thing. We just both want the accomplishment of the goal in different methods....
I have another example:
You are right. I'm wrong. You are wrong. I'm right.
Can't we start in another place? Can't we find something we both agree on SOMETHING?
I'm firmly pro-choice. Yet, I believe abortion is wrong. Aren't we all? Don't you think we can all start there? I don't think there is ANYONE out there whom agrees with abortion. Can't we start there?
I'm not going to convince you I'm right. You aren't going to convince me you are right.
What can you do/say to convince me?
We are both right. Today. We both agree we don't want a certain thing to happen. I'm doing what I can to help prevent happenings. I'm not sure where you are in your statements. But can't we both start at the same point in the argument?
Otherwise, it's just two people arguing. I would much rather say, I was wrong. Or maybe, we were both right. Because, arguments don't lead any place. Wait, maybe that was we were both wrong.