Especially amongst servicemembers? I half expect vile, furious debate laced with name calling, put downs, and general degradation of another human being from the public - but wasn't expecting it here. Anyone, regardless of rank and education, loses my attention immediately when they sink to the level of degrading someone else in the name of "debate". It is in direct conflict of every single service's values and it's incredibly childish and unprofessional. Learn to listen, and to respect opposing viewpoints and beliefs while still remaining passionate about your own. And learn how to have a civil debate about opposing views instead of just yelling and putting down anyone who doesn't share your views. Let's be the professional, responsible adults that our morals and values teach us to be!
Posted >1 y ago
Captain-We'd all like to see more civility, but I always keep in mind that RP isn't the parade ground, or the wardroom, and if I comment...I'm open to the fullest extent and range of opinions held by active, reserve, and veterans. From my own perspective, the moderators do a decent job of keeping us all in our corners.
Guilty as charged. I tend to be respectful until someone is disrespectful of me. The problem seems to be that few have any facility for debate. They believe that repeating the same lie will make it true. That SHOUTING LOUDER will make something more compelling. (I simply refuse to read anything typed in SHOUTING text) They believe that their ideology should not be questioned or challenged. I could of course, simply refrain from participating. Well that's what I do when I realize that someone is ill equipped to carry on a respectful conversation. Sadly, I don't seem to be able to depart the arena without leaving a parting shot. It's a weakness. I beg forgiveness.
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