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There’s a difference between good conversation that involves humorous banter — or even deep spiritual truths — and oneupsmanship.
They’re about as similar as volleyball and that game that erupts at birthday parties when someone bats a balloon across the room and another person bats it back. In one, the point is to keep things going and involve everyone in the room (even the killjoy who shouts, “You’re going to break something!”). In the other, the goal is to hit some unreturnable shot to score a point.
In conversation, as in the party game, no one is impressed by the person who spikes the balloon.