Last week I got into a Facebook debate with a longtime correspondent who ended a discussion she had thoughtlessly started and an argument I was winning handily by writing, "As with other things David I am happy to agree to disagree but two last things I will mention ...."
And then used her last word to accuse me of not being on the side of Jesus and Ghandi. (Really!)
I didn't mind that as much as I minded the "agree to disagree" bailout. There are times when it's good to agree to disagree: Usually with a relative with whom you have more than once taken the same argument to its utterly dreadful, screaming extreme.
But in round three of a Facebook debate on a wholly new subject? That's just putting on your hat and walking out the door before you have to admit that maybe possibly perhaps you are partly wrong.Agree? (Or agree to disagree?)