Hi all, I think that it is pretty dishonest to always talk about respecting the ideas of other people without sometimes getting angry at the person arguing those ideas. The two are connected, especially when those arguments are crucial to how you can live your life and your freedoms. The idea that people can argue about different values and still have respect for each other is polite nonsense and smacks of the apolitical world of many people. How can you have respect for someone whose values may be damaging to your life chances? I think if what you truly believe in is right and is passionately felt - maybe from bitter experience were the values, ideas and lives of others have or may cause much pain to you, how can you simply accept and respect the values of others and them as individuals without also getting angry on a personal level? If we simply agree to disagree then the only people who will benefit from that are those who have the power to ignore any difference of opinion without their lives being affected. I don't particuarly want to see slangin matches between people on this list, but their is a definite 'honesty' and raw emotion about such exchanges and passion that is so lacking in the arguments in academia at present. A few 'sparky' thoughts! Glenn Dr Glenn Smith, Research Fellow, London, England. ________________End of message______________________ Archives and tools for the Disability-Research Discussion List are now located at: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/disability-research.html You can JOIN or LEAVE the list from this web page.