Some thoughts... "When responding to someone we disagree with, we have a tendency to begin by stating that person is wrong and almost certainly evil. A better approach would be to say that I heard and appreciate what you're saying, but I have a different point of view, let me explain it." "Just because you disagree w/ someone does not make him or her a moron. How you disagree reflects on you - why just summarily insult? would you want your children to do that w/ other children with whom they might disagree?" "Yes, and the interesting thing is that if we begin by attacking the other person, we are really saying that we don’t believe our own argument is strong enough to stand on its own." "Can’t agree more. We could be much better debating and seeking common areas than just dismissing and using derogatory adjectives those with opposing ideas."