What to do when a rational arguments hits on an emotional arguments …
When a rational argument hits on an emotional argument, it usually ends badly.
Both increase their volume, the rational side by elaborating their
arguments in ever greater detail and citing even more rational voices.
And the emotional side by shouting louder, crying harder or damaging art more badly.
While, both fail to see that almost no problem worth discussing
has a 100% rational or even 100% emotional answer to it.
Part of today's divide in societies stems from an ignorance about
this duality on either side.
And so, both try to win the game by playing it according to their
respective rules which of course means that no one can win as they
don't even play the same game.
The irony is that it might not be about winning at all.
That it's not about who is right, but about how to get it right.
For this, it helps to ask why the emotional side feels the way
it does when you're standing on the one side of the argument.
And why the rational side thinks the way it does when you're
standing on the other side.
Here's the crucial bit.
Someone's got to start with this.
It could just as well be you, right?