The Martin Chronicles: For argument's sake
Read Sue's latest blog entry. It is *so* true. My brothers (the two older ones) have been complaining lately that they can't find any "intelligent conversation". Both of them work afternoon/night shifts so they don't have a lot of time to cultivate friendships. They are finding that the friendships they DO have are with people who are very shallow. People who don't/won't discuss/debate current events and the state of society. It is a credit to my brothers that they are missing this type of stimulating conversation.
I personally don't understand how people can live without paying attention to the outside world. Some of the best conversations I have are with people who are willing to discuss world happenings and what they think about them. There is nothing quite as stimulating as being forced to defend your point of view or trying to inform someone about a certain topic. I'm not suggesting that you be confrontational, just discuss stuff. It works your brain and makes you a better person.
Seth was over on Sunday. He, Mom and I had a lengthy conversation regarding teen pregnancy. We didn't solve the problem or come up with any new solutions. We each just had a chance to air our view points and the conversation made us think a little bit. That in itself is a victory.
Debate. It does a body good :)