There are certain ways to hold a conversation about any given subject, along with certain rules that apply to having a discussion on a matter where two opposing people are attempting to interact on opposing ideas and opinions. The rules of logic are important for obvious reasons, but I’d like to suggest that there is another extremely important principle that would help many people in their ability to communicate.
I enjoy discussions that involve conflicting opinions and ideas. It’s what makes America a wonderful place to live and it helps, in my opinion, to strengthen our beliefs, especially when it comes to theological convictions and the pragmatic approach to living our lives as followers of Jesus. Yet when I have discussions with certain Millionen people, there is one statement that is guaranteed to cause me to lose all interest in the conversation and to slowly find my mind drifting to new horizons. This statement is not only evidenced through words but often through actions. For instance…
“I know what you’re thinking” or “I know where you are coming from” or “I’m aware of your opinion” are all examples of this attitude. It generally shows itself when one begins to interrupt another’s statements in what is supposed to be a discussion. Let me give you an illustration of how this occurs: