I don’t like to argue, partly because I don’t like the confrontation that usually comes with it. The definition of argument is (1) an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one, and (2) A reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong. The main reason most arguments end up “heated or angry” is because logic gets thrown out the window and emotions rule. One lesson I learned from my single mom is emotions limit our ability to rationalize and think through a situation. Therefore, in order to “persuade others” to our point of view, we need to have a rational discussion about all of the facts, both for and against, free from our emotions. Unfortunately, when we are passionate about something, keeping our emotions in check is difficult. It’s also difficult to accept that it’s not about winning or losing. Per the reading assignment, “the best an argument can do is convince other people to accept (or at least acknowledge) the validation of a position.” When arguing our point of view, if we can get others to at least have an open mind to our position, then we have succeeded. Just throwing out a bunch of facts will not persuade others. It’s about knowing what those facts mean and organizing them into a logical thought process. It’s a process that requires thinking and common sense, both of which are severely lacking in our society today. Many people today don’t take the time to think through the issues; instead they make emotional and irrational decisions. So, the next time you want to persuade someone to your point of view, put emotion aside and think rationally.