Very true – I sometimes seek out online confrontation to test my abilities and sharpness. But my goal isn’t to “win the argument” – to me that’s petty stuff – my goal is to make a friend out of someone who sees me as an enemy.
If someone is already my friend, like we are, I sometimes like to poke a little and get into “play battles” over ideas because that way, I learn something by the exchange.
I’ve had to back off a bit on Devil’s Advocate though. I’ve actually lost friends being contrary-for-contrary’s sake and focusing on “winning the argument”. So, I changed my focus. Also, when it’s absurdist humor, like this, there’s not too many limits