Think before you oppose an idea

“Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road”

— Voltaire

Recount the times where you said someone’s idea was bad. Are those idea really bad or was it threatening your current way of doing things? Some ideas could lead to great outcomes if you hadn’t slam and discourage its owner.

Define your terms

What do you think of Voltaire’s quote?

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms”

— Voltaire

My take is, yes, you should define the terms, it does help in the discussion. But it still doesn’t stop terms from being redefined in the middle of the discussion. Presumably, as discussion continues, in the long run, there should be sufficient consensus in the terms to both parties. However that is hardly in my case.