This comment was by John Weeast, on Tom Matlack’s post This Much I Know To Be True
You recently followed me on twitter, even though I don’t post often. I’ve commented before and my own writing has been more internal than actually put on paper.
Don’t worry about those that choose to disagree. Disagreement is what makes this country what it is. The difference we see in a lot of online commentators is that they aren’t disagreeing and giving their own side, they are disagreeing and spewing hate. That kind of discourse will never be productive. And there’s nothing we can do about it, except filter it out.
Those that disagree and can give valid reasons to do so without attacking the messenger will always have my respect. I’ve posted on some of the gun threads in the past about a lot of myths and misconceptions about gun laws and statistics that get thrown around and I’m always up for a fruitful discourse, where even if both sides still disagree, both have learned something out of the conversation.
No matter what the subject, a conversation about it is a good thing. Ignoring a problem has never resulted in a solution. Even the evil things no one wants to think about need to have a light shed on them or they’d forever languish in the dark.
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