Guidelines for 2017 and Beyond
- Feelings are NOT Facts
- Opinions are only valid if they are supported by facts (read: backed by multiple, reputable sources and hard numbers with repeatable outcomes)
- Discourse on any socio-political subject should NOT include the words “YOU” or “I”. The moment the argument is personalized is the moment the argument is lost.
- Sarcasm and mocking are NEVER valid responses to a disagreement.
- If you make a statement in a public forum (like the internet) be expected to defend it and respond to those who disagree with respect (see above).
Remember, in a heavily divided society, EMPATHY, above all, is essential for survival.