Yesterday I made a bit of a difficult decision.
On one post there was a series of comments that basically was going down a road that was unproductive. The point of the article was I felt being missed and the context of the comments within it misunderstood or ignored. Comments became increasingly personal. The arguments put forward were tangential to the actual issues of the post.
So, to continue arguing with someone and allow a discussion that seemed would result in regrettable comments. Or... to simply close the discussion.
I have decided simply to close the discussion.
I was a bit torn on this. In one way I wanted to get my point across, on the other I increasingly feel that I just haven't got the energy for the pointless arguing. That is you have to argue to get someone to even understand what you were actually saying and why therefore the argument being had is not in point of fact about what the post was about.
With that out of the way I want to make a more general point.
I have recently been getting less and less involved in discussions in forums because of the endless arguing over definitions and the way people 'see' things or the world or what everything means to them.
One result of this is that I've been blogging a lot more. Why? Well because I still have thoughts I want to express, but I want to express them without getting drawn into time wasting arguments that are neither thoughtful nor informative. So frankly I'm just not going to. I don't have the time or energy.