I am always slightly disheartened in reading some of the vehement back-and-forth that goes on in certain corners of the web. I am all for divergent opinions and having a forum where we can discuss them, but I think that, more often than not, these discussions devolve into emotion-driven, tit-for-tat contests that are ultimately unhelpful. I appreciate the fact that when your point of view is being attacked, it can be difficult to consider the attacker's perspective and to respond in a cool and rational way, but if we are truly hoping to move a conversation forward, we need to be better at creating momentum and not "stalling" a conversation with emotion. Here are 5 things that I think about before responding that have helped me to diffuse heated debate and keep a dialogue moving along.
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