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Best Answer Larry Wall says
You say so many good things here, Larry! I too often find wanting online 'respectful disagreement'. I too wonder how different it would be were it in person, face to face, rather than only in writing.
Good examples of some important points; behavior reflects moral commitments and agreeable opinions not lived out in one's behavior. Good point that two can respectfully agree to disagree--allowing the disagreement.
I believe so, too. We can be respectful of the other as a person and their right to their own opinion, but not agree with their opinion (or beliefs) and/or actions.
Catherine Tally says
Great point, soapbox cat! Respect does not have to be dictated by what the other's opinion is.
Logos, it is so true that it takes careful listening and a seeking to accurately understand the opinion of another before responding. Interacting online adds to the difficulty of doing this, it seems, but so true, it is a way that would show respect.