Two of my teachers argued politely over the meaning of a certain precept. The effort to maintain a respectful tone did them credit but the air was electrified with the subtle heat of their differences over this matter. I learned more than they tought. Tolerance was the greater precept. All who strive are my teachers now and I am free from carrying on their arguments within me.
What does anything mean? Be wary of "meaning" and substitute, where possible, an attempt to see "consequences" which are less slippery, more measurable and possibly corrective.