If People Were Countries.....
(or, how to avert nuclear war, public or private)
remember, everyone, when things get heated, to CALM DOWN.
there is a point in any conflictual communication where one feels one absolutely must raise one's (virtual) voice, lose one's cool; where not to do so is a detriment to oneself and the meaning in one's life.
soon as the emotional barbs are answered in kind, one might as well give up. 'Innocent until proven guilty' -- how one feels and where one draws the line of acceptable stretching of the truth is not as important.
-- 'to protect my honor' or to 'back up my principles' or 'to protect' others -- worse, to 'not lose face' --
these are the game changers, the seemingly unique and rare set of events that will suddenly convince a large number of people to get involved, people who steadfastly opposed getting involved up to that point.