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Within the last week, I have been accused of being a b*tch (which, I won't lie, I CAN be, but don't think I was being in this case) and of making people "much stupider" (which I really hope isn't true, given that I've spent the better part of my career in educational fields).

In both instances, I took a view in opposition to those who responsed this way. My point is this: when did civility become optional? How is disagreeing with a position equal to attacking a person, and why is such behavior OK? I'm all for debate, playful arguing, and healthy banter, and I can hold my own even when it gets ugly. But have we as a society gone so far downhill that gentility and common courtesy no longer exist? Or is it because in our post- 9/11 world, if you're not for us, your against us, and we will treat you as such? Have we become Borg, and "resistance is futile"?

Do we have to be disagreeable to disagree? Maybe I'm just too old-fashioned or naive, but I don't get it. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this.

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