This thread is driven by comments in other threads. Maybe what we elders need to do is show more rectitude in our posts? That is if we are really serious. If we, as I suspect some are, just here to stir and entertain then the more obnoxious and inflamatory the better.
Maybe we could start by just reading the posts? Several times responses have been made that show the poster obviously did not read the post they were responding to.
Respect: Everyone here is supposed to be old enough to have life experience. Personally, I have friends from just about every legal political and economic background. We can have some pretty spirited discussions. But, they are held to the ideas and viewpoints not the other person's character. We are careful not to insult someone and if we slip we square it away asap. When all is said and done, they are there for me and I for them.
Space: Ain't nothing short of immediate survival that is worth getting all heated up about. Everyone has needs and wants and has ideas how to get them. But, there are only so many resources to satisfy them. To get along I think I need to give everyone space to have their own ideas and life. (Aside: As i type there is a "Bad Idea T-shirts" ad on the screen. Very distracting) Some of the responses to posts have gone beyond disagreeing with each other to personal. Now I may be wrong because obviously several know each other and I don't. But it seems to me giving everyone space for their own life that probably disagrees with other's choices is a good idea.
Just a couple thoughts.