The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb.
Sean Blanda
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This is absolutely spot on! Just tried to tackle similar topics in my inaugural post. I’ve been following your approach of gathering information from resources traditionally at-odds with my views for a while now, and have two main takeaways:

  1. The ego is at the root of most of the problems with modern public discourse. Realizing you’re wrong and that the “Other” is right SUCKS. But seeing yourself as a researcher/theorist of life, willing to change given sufficient reason and evidence, helps mute the ego.
  2. Reading/watching/consuming information from resources on the “Other” side creates resistance, and resistance builds strength. Doing this will shed light on what you truly value. It’ll also expose weaknesses in your personal view of the world — rather than treat it as a personal failure, it’s an opportunity to fill in the gaps.