_exactly_! I know what little I know, and I listen to others to help fill in the gaps of what I don’t know. I express my opinions and hope for feedback – and somewhere in the exchange, we gain mutual understanding.
I don’t expect agreement: In fact I get a kind of prickly heat when there’s TOO MUCH agreement going on around me – even if it’s too many people agreeing with me smile emoticon – but I strive to maintain and generate an air of civility, decency and respect.
Besides, everybody agreeing would be boring, imo. I love differences of opinion, especially if they force me to challenge my own thoughts/beliefs about things.
The only thing I’d hope for underneath the sea of opinions, is decency. Battle? Sure, if they like. Shaking hands? Critical.
Even if you felt chosen, I wouldn’t hold it against you in any way. I consider it a form of national pride and I don’t have a problem with people expressing pride for the group they consider themselves affiliated with.