Can we disagree profoundly without loosing respect fro each other?
In today's debates, polarization and personal attacks have replaced civility and excellence. Why do we tend to forget that the ideas binding us together are far more important that those separating us?
Not only are the ideas that bind us together important despite any that separate us, differing ideas stimulate critical thinking, creativity, and further learning. I love nothing more than lengthy discussions with people whom I profoundly disagree with, because they can offer my insights as to why they believe what they do and often offer points that I had never even considered. Without this kind of disagreement, our worlds are closed, isolated places and so we are doomed to remain equally closed-minded. Because of this, I find that I have an even greater respect for someone who disagrees with me, provided they can articulate this disagreement in such a way that helps me see new ways of looking at the subject rather than being offended and juvenile when they are disagreed with.
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