Originally Posted by intothewoods
By meeting me halfway, I don't actually mean agree with me. And I think it's entirely reasonable to bow out of the conversation.
I just tend to get this sense that there is no way to disagree with someone without having them say it's an attack. I'm not just or even mostly talking about you though.
I don't mean agree with me, either. At all, even a little. I actually DO understand what "meeting me halfway" means.
What I do know is that telling a person that they should be ashamed of themselves for words that they never said IS an attack, and I'll call anyone out who is attacking me in the guise of disagreeing with me in some attempt to point fingers and cause some bully pile-up. That isn't respectful discourse and discussion, that's not respectfully talking about a sensitive topic.
I'll respectfully discuss religion, politics, sex, anything. But when someone literally puts words in my mouth and then tries to punish me for those words *that I never even said in the first place*, that's not "meeting halfway"...and THAT was my problem.
In any case, I'm okay now. I'm willing to meet anyone halfway in discussion about religion providing we can all have some manners.