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inthedustofthisplanet wrote

I'm sorry you have to go through that. It's a problem that is showing it's face in other replies to this post. This is an issue in every part of our culture and it's so deeply ingrained people like OP will ignore it while saying stuff like:

"I would even consider this debate as a form of competition on some level. We're both trying to argue our points of view, but that doesn't mean there must be a winner and a loser."

Or even worse, those people trying to make comparisons to the way dogs play, and the issue with that is, well, we aren't dogs. The ideology of competition is so strong and difficult to shed. The moment "play," becomes as toxic as this it is no longer "play," but now about the desire to dominate and feel superior to others.