The thing about arguments

When two people have a heated discussion about an issue, one of three things could be happening:

  1. One of them is wrong. At the moment, each of them are sure that the other person is the one who’s wrong.
  2. Neither of them is wrong. They’re arguing about something where right and wrong are relative, based on perspective. Or, perhaps…
  3. They’re both wrong.

The thing is, our certainty of rightness is what makes heated arguments heated. Given how unlikely it is that we’re always right and they’re always wrong, the heated part of the conversation is probably worth avoiding.

Before you can begin to work on what you disagree about, you each benefit from working on the ‘heated’ part.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Hi. I’m Seth Godin. I’m a teacher, and I do projects.

For more than thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn on lights, inspire people and teach them how to level up. This blog has been appearing daily for more than a decade. One day, if we meet, I hope you’ll share with me your favorite posts. Even better, I’d like to hear about how a book or course helped you interact with the world differently and make a difference.
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