The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb.
Sean Blanda

Amusing and insightful! It’s scary to consider how quickly and frequently potentially productive debates in our society turn into contests of pejorative hurling. That predictable last resort is often the only resort for far too many people who have the capacity to accomplish much more. Collaboration is rarely easy, but it is almost always worth the effort.

Some of my most treasured relationships are with people who hold contrasting views. It is from cultures and people who differ from us that we learn the most. Obstinately looking through the same type of lens — whether they be rosy, dark, or something else — will not provide broader perspectives. Even worse, when we are unwilling to challenge our own views, we are incapable of forming truly unique views that intrinsically belong to us as painfully enlightened individuals.

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

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