As wise old Ben Franklin used to say:
“If you argue, rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes, but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will”
It was early morning. The sun was just peaking over the mountains, which created the most breath-taking sunrise.
A small group of guys and I were standing in the TV room. There is a structure of command when it comes to the TV and what channel will be watched. The person who has been here the longest is considered the captain of the TV remote and they choose the channel to watch if they are present.
Mornings are normally devoted to Fox News so I like to catch a quick snapshot of what is going on in the world.
This particular morning, I happened to walk into a heated discussion on the topic of ” President Trump, his nominee’s and how he was handling important issues.”
I had learnt one thing early in my life that was to avoid political and religious arguments as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes.
As the intensity of the conversation grew, both sides became more firmly convinced than ever that they were absolutely right. Both groups became more stubborn the longer they argued.
Suddenly the CO walked in and announced: “Chow time” meaning it was time to head to breakfast. Perfect timing.
Everyone dispersed, feeling that they were victorious in asserting their intellectual viewpoint and by so doing, shot the other groups argument full of holes.
On the contrary, everyone left feeling more convinced that they were correct in their opinion of the situation.
“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still”
Comes to show, the way to get the best out of an argument is to avoid the argument completely. Even when you will loose….
” Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of the ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all.”
– Romans 12:16 –
When we live in harmony with people around us, it does not mean we have to be exactly like everyone else. It means we find a way to work with them so that our lives can be pleasing to God.