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“Good morning.” “What do you mean by that?!”

“Good morning.” “What do you mean by that?!”

In my high school, a public school in a poor community, we had rhetoric, and debate teams that had to defend whatever position was put in front of them, and compete before judges with other schools.

Today, there is no rhetoric and no debate. We refuse to listen to conflicting opinions and grow to hate people who don’t agree with us, no matter how suspect our own positions.

A woman who feels her political opinions can’t be challenged and anyone who disagrees is moronic, walked out of a dinner without excuses or apologies because some others wouldn’t agree with her positions. And she never thanked me for paying for that dinner she left behind.

This is progress?

This is ignorance.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 2

  • Michael Cooper

    September 19, 2018

    Dr. Weiss: I’m sorry you weren’t told. Informed dissent (even uninformed dissent) and disagreement isn’t allowed anymore.

    I do miss the days of calm discussion……

  • Dario Solis

    September 25, 2018

    A social, business or political environment that supports the convergence of ignorance + arrogance + hermitism is doomed. It is just a matter of time.

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