Please don’t stop the discourse!

We’ve been listening to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack at work lately. One of the songs (undoubtedly a cover, as they all are) goes like this:

“Please don’t stop the, please don’t stop the music!”

I’ve been almost overwhelmed lately at the sheer number of ideas flowing towards me. So many people with thoughts, opinions, life experiences. Real hurts and real passions.

And also real disagreements.

I just wanted to go on record to say I don’t mind. Yes, there are often times when I feel attacked, overwhelmed. But I think it’s far more important that we get these ideas out, and let them go fisticuffs with each other, than that we simply drift along.

There’s a proverb like that. Prov 27:17 in fact (this is the NASB).

Iron sharpens iron, / So one man sharpens another.

It’s not comfortable. But if you think life is about comfort, then you’ve obviously been living under a rock and, eventually, reality will catch up with you. And it will be hard, but you’ll look back on it, and, if your experience is at all like mine, the character growth will be totally worth it.

So, as difficult and charged as these discussions can be, let’s keep having them.


PS: I have a lot of thoughts about what a healthy discourse/disagreement looks like, but that will have to wait for another post…

PS 2: feel free to jump in the comments below. Let’s do this.


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