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I have stricken the following words from my vocabulary:

  • So…
  • Just…
  • But…
  • Although…
  • Isn’t it…
  • Doesn’t this…

They’re the gateways into the darker more argumentative side of me that I no longer want.

They’re dismissive words, designed to downplay words. They’re rebuttal words, designed to provide the foundation from which a counter assault will be launched. They’re words that implicitly reject another person’s point of view.

That’s not how you should treat people. That’s not how I want to treat people.

I want to create space in which we can have a discussion.

A discussion free of the polemics of argument, the posturing of positions and the relentless circulation of logic.

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