A Bit of a Disagreement

One phrase that annoys me is “Let’s agree to disagree.”  It’s a bit unnecessary, isn’t it?  After all, we weren’t arguing about whether or not we agree with each other.  If we didn’t disagree, we wouldn’t be having an argument, now, would we?

There are other complications which  could  arrive.  What if  you think we disagree and I think  we agree, like it’s just a matter of semantics but really, deep  down, we think alike but you’re too stubborn  to admit you’re wrong.  In that case, we’d disagree about whether or not  we agree, but that would be a rare case.

Most of the time, when you disagree, it becomes pretty obvious pretty quick.

The thing that really ticks me off about the  phrase,though, is it’s shorthand for “I’ve run out of argument, and I’m sick of your facts and logic and  memes and links and stuff, so I’m going to quit now.”  It’s like we’re talking to a wall.

Hillary supporters do it all the  time.  “I don’t want to talk about it,”  “I’m not looking for negative  comments,” and so on.

Problem is, a conversation is like a running stream, not so easily  dammed.  Even more so on the internet.


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