BalancedCouncelor touched on the most vital points…how to avoid polarization by showing empathy – to engage in disagreements humanely, while at the same time, standing by our convictions. Well written for the benefit of everyone!
(I don’t normally post about difficult topics, but this is well worth the share. So, I hope you’ll take the time to read. )
It genuinely seems that in today’s political climate, no topic is safe to discuss without some kind of heated response. This is not something only I have noticed. I have friends and family who agree, and I have had more than one scenario at work where a conversation was changed before it could become something uncomfortable. By most definitions of the word, this is an epidemic.
Also, to be clear on the phrase “heated response” that I used earlier, I am not referring to a situation in which someone passionately disagrees with you. I will discuss this in greater detail in a moment, but passionate disagreement is healthy. What I am referring to when I use the “heated response” terminology, is an immediate and overwhelming digression into insulting the other people’s perspective and often even attacking their character for their opinion. This is absolutely NOT healthy, and I am pretty…
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