When Kings High School announced the commencement of their annual inter-school debate competition, it was made known faster than the news headlines. Every year top ten schools from Northern Islands would participate in an interesting debate, followed by a speech from the wise Mayor preceding the grand announcement of winners judged on their ability to make a remarkable point to the audience.
The day of the debate saw wide arguments in all corners of the extensive stage set up over the past few months to accommodate five simultaneous debating groups. After putting the decision to vote by audience poll, the final two teams that qualified were the hosts – Kings High School and Island High School. The topic of discussion was ‘Would you buy your mother silver bracelets online or traditionally from a store?’ Kings school tossed to a losing heads that forced them argue against online shopping.
The fore-speaker Gerald from Kings began talking about how his mother preferred walking into a store and choosing her jewellery by physically trying it on, not relying on a trivial image or implied product description. He sighted the opinion that online buyers could easily be fooled into making wrong choices. After a mediocre audience cheer, Martin from Island High came to the fore-front, commented in brief about the benefits of buying his mother silver bracelets online in terms of immediacy, flawless financial transactions and tracking. He then looked delightfully at Gerald hailing a big thank you to his mother for launching her brand new jewellery website that would indeed make it easier for all of them to buy silver bracelets online!
The audience laughed and cheered for a long time. The Mayor concluded the event after declaring Island High ‘winners’ with the words of Christopher Hitchens – ‘Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.’