By Julia S.
One unique thing about college is that it creates an excellent atmosphere to share and discuss ideas, even controversial ones relating to things like politics and religion.
Even though college provides a great avenue to have these discussions, many people don’t from fear of discord and petty arguments, myself included at times. It’s a shame though, because the world couldn’t make any progress without sharing bold ideas or tactfully challenging those of others. Ohio State in particular is a place with outstanding diversity, making it worth out-of-state tuition. I knew that coming here would be a huge transition, not just in the normal college way, but in the ideological atmosphere. OSU is teeming with students interested in making an authentic difference (and not in a cliché way), making it a superb place to stretch your mind ideologically both inside and outside of the classroom, and it can be done without the face-to-face equivalent of a flame war. How? Through 3 tactical questions.
- What do you mean by that?
- How did you come to that conclusion?
- Have you ever considered…?
If someone brings up their opinion on a controversial issue, the average person might want to either:
- Steer the conversation away from anything political or religious ASAP
- Lunge into a list of reasons for supporting the opposite view
But Koukl’s questions offer up option #3: Taking the time to learn about why they think that way. Maybe they have reasons you’ve never considered before…
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