On first reading Rich's post, had we been in the same room, I would have slapped him. BUT, plenty often post stuff they wouldn't say face to face. I have no real problem now with Rich's post. Possibly heartfelt emotion, probably playing Devils' Advocate. Whichever, it is good to see some passionate/cynical posts from him.Messiah wrote:We know if we were all in the room together talking then noone would be this confrontational and aggressive. Rich, Dave please consider carefully what you post.
Many from sheltered academia seemed abhorred at violence, but as Stumpy points out, it is probably the first option the settle differences in many places. or used to be. That is why they are called "settlers". There is no BS, no smartarse twisting of words, just an unarguable winner. It may be the p.c. way to sit down, debate, see each others' side and arbitrate some happy agreement, which often is never reached. I grew up using the first option, often. Nowadays I try to use the second option when possible. I try to use some diplomacy to exhaust all avenues of agreement.