We must argue

Somebody shared this quote recently. It’s just brilliant.

CREEDS must disagree: it is the whole fun of the thing. If I think the universe is triangular, and you think it is square, there cannot be room for two universes. We may argue politely, we may argue humanely, we may argue with great mutual benefit; but, obviously, we must argue. Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence. To say that I must not deny my opponent’s faith is to say I must not discuss it . . . It is absurd to have a discussion on Comparative Religions if you don’t compare them.
 G.K. Chesterton: “Illustrated London News,” 10/10/08.

Contradict vs Persecute

Here is a simple but insightful quote.

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we can all avoid that error we would do far better off in controversial conversations.