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A critical judgement is only as good as it is persuasive; that is, it depends, or ought to depend, not on the inertia of tacit and passive agreement, the sort that keeps anthologizing our dear bad poets, but on the force of the critical argument that can be made for it.
Be on the lookout for what I call a false sense of harmony and passive agreement. Mine for conflict and by that I mean surface unresolved issues, get people to weigh in, practice what Ray Dalio calls 'thoughtful disagreement' and then decide.
Not a collection of passive agreements, but polite acknowledgement there are those who fiercely oppose each other's views yet remain relevant because all their positions have merit.

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