Them thar’s fightin’ wurds!

Just shut your beak!I got in a fight yesterday.

It may not have been a fistfight, but it wasn’t any prettier.

I didn’t start it (though I’m sure the other person didn’t think that, either) and I didn’t finish it, but that doesn’t make it right. Or wrong. It just was.

I know, I know. I should’ve known better than to step into the ring. These things never end well. (Sometimes it seems they never end.) But when somebody jumps you in an discussional back alley, with a lead pipe of doctrine, and they’re part of a gang you thought you were already a member of, well, things quickly escalate. I started thinking.

“I’m just trying to defend my position.”

“There must be some misunderstanding.”

“Maybe I could try a different angle.”


That never works. Well, it hardly ever works. And I’m not saying the other person was wrong. I’m just saying I don’t think I was either.

Finally, I just gritted my teeth and backed out. Then I called a friend and we hashed it out. There’s really not much more soothing to the wounds of intellectual violence than the healing balm of shared opinion.

“No, I think you’re right. I feel the same way.”

I’m not sure if I’ll ever learn. But some days, I think I’m getting better.

4 thoughts on “Them thar’s fightin’ wurds!

  1. It’s hard to always take the high road. It sounds like you’re not a habitual argumentalist (just made that up). Sometimes you just feel compelled to say it. Then you look up and you’re just going in verbal circles. We’ve all been there.

  2. I know that sometimes arguments just can’t be avoided, and no blame can be assigned. We’re all individuals so there are bound to be disagreements. It’s just part of life. 🙂

    Thanks so much for the pingback, although I can’t for the life of me figure out how my post is related to this one! 🙂

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