: Lazy in Debate

I am intrigued at the moment in watching, observing and engaging in different discussions/arguments/debates. There are plenty in the blog world, on social network sites, in church and pretty much everywhere – all of them have one thing in common. People have become lazy in listening to the arguments being presented. This laziness may be due to online social networks where ‘sound bytes’ are king but I think it goes deeper, it may be because relationships are not deep enough.

People gravitate to a ‘party line’ and then rekindle the well trodden arguments that everyone knows thereby keeping them in a place where they are safe, comfortable and can appear strong. In doing so, they miss important points being made and can miss opportunities for growth. It is a real shame.

Let’s commit to listening to one another a little more and stop being lazy.

email bug bears

some things I dislike about the way people use email:

1) When people cc everyone and his dog into the email

2) Using the red exclamation on every email they send

3) Sending an email and then phoning me to check I have received it

4) Burying the main point in paragraphs of text

5) expecting responses to an email within minutes

6) Sending the email to 6 people but addressing the body of the text to one person

Email is not a new technology but people still need lessons in how to use it ……..Rant over!