"…Why be the other half of disagreement?...Most arguments are traps of one kind or another. But relax right out of it…the disagreement is on the other side—leave it there."
The wisdom of the Sequichie of the Cherokees
Why is it so hard to walk away from a silly or useless argument? What makes me want to jab my finger into the nose of the lunkhead who's standing in line two spaces in front of me and spewing ignorant garbage about "President Obummer"?
Harsh and repeated experience encourages me to understand that picking my battles is half the fun, oops, I mean half the fight…most of the time I remember to ask myself "Is this the fight you really want to pick?"
And here's another thought, from Jonathan Kozol:
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."
Most fights aren't in that class.