Wow. Just, wow. This insightful piece far more eloquently describes the worldview I work to attain/maintain than I currently am able. It’s not easy – especially when constantly assaulted by the inverse.
“The fifth virtue is argument. Those who are about to fail must first prevent their friends from helping them. Those who smile wisely and say: ‘I will not argue,’ remove themselves from help, and withdraw from the communal effort. In argument strive for exact honesty, for the sake of others and also yourself: The part of yourself that distorts what you say to others also distorts your own thoughts. Do not believe you do others a favor if you accept their arguments; the favor is to you. Do not think that fairness to all sides means balancing yourself evenly between positions; truth is not handed out in equal portions before the start of a debate. You cannot move forward on factual questions by fighting with fists or insults. Seek a test that lets reality judge between you.”