Journal 15/“TSIS – YES/NO/OKAY, BUT” Three Ways to Respond

“I say” takes a different toll when approaching the reflection on another authors work. This chapter teaches us the variety of ways in which we can respond. The original approach to responding to an essay, or other form of writing, includes picking a side – to agree or disagree. This chapter informs us that we do not necessarily need to agree or disagree. We can agree with some things the author has to say, but disagree with another. As long as we are able to backup our arguments and explain why we have a different understand, then we have the “right” to make two different points. It is common to be undecided, although people tend to look down upon that. Sometimes people cannot decide what they agree or disagree with simply because they do not have the amount of evidence to back up their clause or having mixed emotions about the subject at hand. As stated in the text, no matter if you disagree or agree with someone, “Whenever you agree with one person’s view, you are likely disagreeing with someone else’s.” This proves the point that you can never satisfy everyone’s beliefs, even if you are undecided.

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