How Can We Encourage Debate?

Having a healthy, respectful, robust debate takes more than simply having an opinion and a loud voice. If I make a list of what is needed to have a good dialogue, what would that list contain?

In an era of polarized opinions on a number of topics including politics, religion, health care, gun control, immigration, abortion, and several other issues, how can we have a debate in which opposing sides actually listen to each other?

How can we encourage debate?

Related questions: How can we turn ideas into actions? What is necessary to change your mind? When is doubt helpful? How do you know who to trust?

Why Is Love Important?

Individuals crave love. Much of our lives are spent pursuing love, either from a mate or from family or friends. There is an entire holiday devoted to the concept.

But why? What is it about love that people find so desirable? Why is love important?

Related questions: What is important? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we feel the need to belong? What do we have in common?

When Do You Need Inspiration?

An artist, like a painter, a sculptor, or a musician, sometimes has a muse that provides inspiration for artistic creations. But everyone can occasionally benefit from having a person, an idea, a motivational speech, or a stirring piece of music to encourage perseverance or creativity in everyday life.

When — it can be a time of day, a state of mind, a period of life — do you need inspiration?

Related questions: How can we turn ideas into actions? How can we maintain wonder? What is your retreat from the world?

What Beliefs Do You Have That Might Be Wrong?

When I think back on my past, there have been times when I have been wrong. At the time, I thought I was right, sometimes quite fervently so. But then I got new data, or had new experiences, or heard a convincing argument, and so I changed my mind. My beliefs changed.

Logically, it seems likely that there is something that I believe right now that is wrong, although of course right now I think it is right. That’s true for all of us.

What beliefs do you have that might be wrong?

Related questions: What do you believe? What is necessary to change your mind? How do we know what we don’t know?

 

What Makes You The Happiest?

Understanding your own happiness is important. Knowing what has made you happy in the past can help you steer your life toward similar experiences in the future. Often, though, there is a disparity in what we think will make us happy and what actually does.

What puts the biggest smile on your face? What makes you the happiest?

Related questions: What makes you the unhappiest? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we put up with unhappiness? Why don’t we know what makes us happy?