Posted: Feb 27, 2010 1:01 am
by my_wan
num1cubfn wrote:@my wan, I didn't read the whole wall of text, but based on how you described the all night debates, they didn't sound hostile as much as contentious, sporting, intellectual and fun!

When I think of an authoritarian household it doesn't include debate, just marching orders and punishment.

The irony is that both my parents were highly authoritarian, including marching orders and punishment. We used to joke about my mother being the biggest male chauvinist in the state. Yet they never extended that authoritarian streak into our intellectual lives. My mother was a theist, yet some of the debates was with her from an atheist perspective. She never took self righteous offense to this.