Community of Difference

The debate community is a special place because it is such a wide open environment drawing together a crazy amalgam of people. As long as I have been doing this, every year I meet someone new. Every year I am surprised to find a new person enter my life who I would never have believed would be part of my life. Often debate arguments are not what links me to these people, rather the community itself provides the initial link. Some of my close friends and I have a very difficult time discussing debate arguments because our opinions are so strong and divergent. This is something I can accept. I feel one way about debate practice(d) and they feel another. Friendship doesn’t mean the brainless acceptance of another’s opinion. It often seems my debate friendships mean accepting our radical difference. We have spaces of commonality and debate argument doesn’t have to be one of them. I don’t want to debate everyone about everything; sometimes I just like being with people.

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