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Krista Milburn
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If you allow your compassion for your fellow human beings to falter or dissipate due to the vile words or misdeeds of others, then you have already lost.

Philanthropy, egalitarianism, humanitarianism, humanism. A civilized and functional society must be built on foundations of empathy, reason and love; upholding our common goodness, not magnifying the harmfulness of any minority of a larger demographic as if it, alone, constitutes a population or rule.

Furthermore, for social interaction (discussions/debates/et cetera) to proceed smoothly, people must arrive at a shared definition of a situation and its facts.

Some common barriers to this are miscommunication, misrepresentation, ignorance and treating others as if they already have the identities or roles that we wish to impose (altercasting).

Appearing excessively aggressive and uncompromising are also not productive states. The complimentary response to those attitudes tends to be counter-toughness, and it stagnates debate.

Nevertheless, before debate can ever progress to the stage of serious productivity, which it rarely ever does, particularly on the internet, people must work on their willingness to share and communicate.

The easiest way to pick apart an argument is to understand it fully, and the best way to do that is to study it firsthand, from the source. And, the greatest way to discuss or even debate online, in most cases, is to be as empathetic as possible without compromising your reason.

Attempt to relate to the person that you’re talking to, express that you understand their side of things, and repeat their points and statements back to them in your own words (i.e., so, you’re saying that…) so that you can confirm that you understand them correctly.

This will, in turn, help them to comprehend how they potentially sound to others, and all of this is conducive to general communicative productivity and conversational progress (where many conversations fail).

With these things, you can not only evaluate and dissect someone’s inconsistencies or errors, but you can decide what you each agree on as well. The second is often neglected or outright disregarded, but it ought not be. Finding agreement fosters willingness to listen and cooperate.

And, there is never a time when these things are not important.

Be kind, loving, fair, reasonable, and spread joy to others whenever you can!

Also (partially semi-related):
http://ask.fm/Femitheist/answer/126988185323

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As many of you may know, I have shared on this group several times over the last few years. This is an interesting recent video by them (decellularizing a human foreskin); their progress continues!

#i2 #Circumcision #MGM #GM

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A woman attacks a bouncer with glass, permanently scars his face, and she walks free. She should be imprisoned.

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