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October 04, 2017

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Important discussions

- Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

There are three basic kinds of discussion.

One is when people are young and have open minds.

By talking things over, they are forming opinions, that may stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The second one is when people have grown up and still want to broaden their knowledge.

They are engaging in debates with people, who have similar interests.

Such discussions are less common, but can be very fruitful.

The third one is when people have grown up and their minds has become fully formed (crystallised).

They tend to believe that they know best.

Rather then changing their personal views, they are trying to force them on other people.

Some of them delight in making thunderous, damning speeches, accentuated with theatrical gestures.

Discussions of this kind are taking place in private homes, as well as on the public platforms.

They can degrade into nasty arguments with insinuations, personal insults, verbal abuse, or threats of physical violence.

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