Do you think it’s possible to engage in productive civil discourse on a controversial topic?
Instead of throwing stones as so many impulsively do; discuss and debate, reason and consider? It seems in our era of “tolerance”, once again we immediately attack the person who presents information that makes anyone uncomfortable or paints an unflattering portrait of real behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs. We cast stones at the likes of Phil Robertson for stating tenants of his faith and personal preference before we even consider what he was saying, why and engage in reason about what we personally believe and why. We call them bigot, racist, conservatives…and we walk away from their carcass after stoning and kicking them to near death. We jump on a bandwagon to stifle certain lines of thought. I wonder why. Are our own beliefs so insecure and threatened we can’t consider an opposing thought without getting a surge of adrenaline that leads us to fight or flight?
I’m anxious to read, learn and consider Amy Chua’s points in her new book, “The Triple Package”. It takes a look at cultural groups and compares the commonalities among groups that are “successful” and those who are perennial “failures”. I’m anxious to see if the three traits she’s identified as those necessary for success are the same as those I’ve found in parents who raise champions. The language may be different, but I’m wondering if the core traits are the same. I’m not afraid to read and reason, debate intelligently with my own beliefs, gain more knowledge that supports or refutes her conclusions. I encourage you to do the same on topics you are passionate about.
….would LOVE intelligent debate on the topic of:
Whether there are, in fact, character traits that determine a person or group’s level of “success” (defined by outcomes of income level, occupational status, test schools etc, not the process of maximizing individual potential)?
Are there, in fact, cultural groups that generally value and develop those character traits in their children than others in comparison to other groups that either don’t hold the same values or invest energy in developing or holding high expectations of them?
< P = Z ⋄ C5 ⋄ E I believe there are 5 Character Traits that are common in those who imagineer a big life, maximize their potential, and accomplish amazing things that benefit all.
In order to comment:
Debate the “thought”…the idea..
Do not express opinion about the person expressing the controversial thought.
Be intelligent. Unless you really have some genuine knowledge on which to base your personal thought or opinion, hold your conclusion until you’ve gained some facts or considered the information others present.
What are your thoughts?