one of those televised election 'debates' that have become part of the political scene over the past few years.
I did not watch the entire thing, just the short excerpt shown on the news services. Comments in the local press this morning are very muted. This may have something to do with the perceived performances of the candidates. I do not know. Not having seen it I cannot comment.
However, it reminded me of a 'tweet' that was passed on to me the other day. It came from Alain de Botton ("The consolations of philosophy") and is something I have been thinking about, "We dislike most people too much to do them the honour of arguing with them."
I still do not know what to make of this comment. It is a curious one. Do we only argue with people we like? Do we only argue with people we respect? Is it an honour to argue with someone - or have someone argue with us?
I think it might be much more complex than that. This was a 'tweet', not a full blown philosophical discussion, debate or argument.
It needs debate.