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I appreciate the opportunity to continue the discussion on civil discourse particularly in regard to online conversations in general. I listened to the Krista Tibbet's interview of Mr. Apaih today in which this topic was discussed which offered (in my opinion) thoughtful and intelligent discussion. I am not responding specifically to the exchange which was originated with this thread. Rather I long to be able to engage in civil discussion online. However, I have found the comments more often than not seem to devolve into online shouting and angry exchanges.I am frequently disappointed and disillusioned with the result that I tend to just not even bother. I want to "bother" as I long to both listen and speak. I want to better understanding and become more educated and compassionate. I believe we can be honest and compassionate as well as truthful and passionate as we present our beliefs and opinions.