Rules For Having Arguments


There are preconditions
Any one of whose omissions
Makes the whole thing rather moot
And also baneful time, to boot

For first, with any arguing
We must agree on one small thing,
Which is: the point is not to “win”
But end smarter than you begin

And also, to avoid a fight
To understand “appearing right”
Is less than actually being so
Appearances count, in fact, zero

Thirdly, we must at least try
To hear the other girl or guy
Not always thinking tact or text
Of that great thing that we’ll say next

So learning, not winning leads to light;
Being, not appearing, right;
Listening, and being blameless –
Then arguing is not so aimless

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