What is amazing to me is:
- How much time people waste arguing this stuff, really for no benefit what so ever. Go read a book, or study some Torah, or cure cancer, for Pete's sake instead of going over and over the same ground for an eternity.
- How little self awareness people have that their arguments are completely non-effective, especially in this type of forum, which just doesn't lend itself to a discussion at this level.
- How addictive these arguments can be. By the time you're done reading it, there is an irresistible compulsion to join the fray.
A LATE REALIZATION WHICH MAY LEAD TO A CONFLICT:
Some of these discussions, e.g. on XGH's blog, though pointless in themselves, will sometimes reference a link or a concept which upon further research is thought provoking and interesting. To what degree does the benefit of discovering such gems negate the overall negative aspects of following the debate, as mentioned in the original post?