Bundokji wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:15 am
The Dhamma itself is an invitation to investigate, so is discussion can be one approach to investigate by comparing/contrasting different doctrines and how each can possibly contribute to human well-being.
It has not been my experience that religious/spiritual people would generally be that open. I have found that in the context of religion/spirituality, "to investigate" usually means something like 'believe' or 'find a way to believe' (even if it is never actually directly stated).
Not in all contexts. In the specific context i provided, power/authority plays a role, but in many other contexts, such as this one (two human beings engaging in a discussion) authority has very little role to play except what we decide to recognize.
That's rather Aspergerian, I'm afraid.
Seriously. My point is that one of the marks of Asperger Syndrome is that some people with it have a characteristic lack of regard for authority, unlike normal people who smoothly operate within the framework of power and hierarchy. Failure to operate this way will be recognized by normal people as a mental deficit/handicap, or just plain rudeness/bossiness.
Very rarely online, and never IRL have I encountered situations where discussing a religious/spiritual topic would actually take place on the terms of "just two humans having a discussion". The occurence of such situations seems so rare as to be negligble and not worth depending on.
He appeal to her constitutional right to speak has no bearing to how persuasive her argument was, and based on this, she does not seem to be skilled in the art of arguing.
I don't know what to say anymore. That woman's smug self-satisfaction certainly allowed her to leave the discussion feeling like a winner, while some of us were left wondering. At the end of the day, that self-satisfaction (preferrably, a smug one) seems to be what matters anyway.