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In the questioning of guests, particularly those who hold views contrary to ARZone’s, how strongly or aggressively should be the questioning?
One’s first impulse is to say that the questioning of guests should be as forceful as possible to show what ARZone perceives to be the obvious failures in some guest’s views. One might be tempted to think that unless a guest is aggressively challenged, ARZone members will not be able to reason for themselves what could be the problems with the guest’s views. Therefore, on this view, ARZone ought to conduct the Q&A session as would a lawyer conduct an interrogation of a witness in a courtroom, employing an adversarial style. While this method has it’s appeal, would it lead to a greater understanding of the views of others? Would it encourage people who don’t already agree with ARZone to dialog with us and our membership? Can we change the hearts and minds of people we treat as hostile witnesses?
In the courtroom setting, a strident approach towards witnesses works because the witnesses are compelled to answer, they are in a court of law. In ARZone our guests are our GUESTS and their participation is voluntary, and they cannot be compelled to answer any questions, to stay for any length of time, or to even appear at all. If all ARZone wishes to do is assail the views of those it disagrees with, or insist upon the superiority of it’s own views, it needn’t invite guests to the site at all. If those were the goals of ARZone, they could be better achieved in a private forum, where all the members agreed and accepted ARZone’s views upfront and without question. Perhaps there is a need for such a forum, but that is not ARZone’s role, and it will not be it’s methodology.
ARZone is interested in hearing the opinions, viewpoints and positions of a wide variety of people from all walks of life. ARZone will ask the toughest questions, and closely examine the answers given to them, to the best of it’s ability. That won’t satisfy everyone, and there will be occasions where ARZone fails, but better to risk disappointing others and failure than to give up trying.
As it goes forward, ARZone is considering news ways to engage with guests, and new ways to examine and critique their views. ARZone is also continually seeking to increase the involvement of it’s membership in all of it’s endeavors. A social network will only be as successful as it’s membership makes it. ARZone welcomes any constructive criticism, thoughts and ideas on how to better fulfill it’s mission to increase our awareness, through rational discourse, of our moral obligations to all sentient beings.
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