Umpired Umbathy, Pathic and Pathological, Part XIII
At the same time, I cannot allow the discussion of difficult subjects to itself become difficult; I cannot allow the discussion to be by its very nature a barrier to discussion.
What degree of difficulty is reasonable and appropriate to expect??? What level of effort must I demand from myself or my interlocutors? The answer cannot be no effort if the subjects to be discussed are indeed difficult.
I cannot offer compensations or incentives to anyone taking the other side of a discussion with me, and I am aware of the risk to others of seeing their time and efforts utterly wasted absent these.
Is their a way of freeing thought and discussion from a certain puritanical exclusiveness, orthodoxy, and censoriousness without excusing thought and discussion from the real difficulties thought and discussion must encounter to be worthy of the names " thought and discussion" ? If so, how?
What are the material conditions of productive discussion, collaboration?