You Can Still Be Friends With People Who You Disagree With

Instant text based messaging is undoubtedly the worst way to communicate when it comes to exchanging views on controversial topics. The valiant attempt of emojis aside, you have very little in the way of interpreting how something is intended to come across in a text message.

You Can Still Be Friends With People Who You Disagree With
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Do you find strong emotions stirring up within you when thinking about any of these topics? Or to take it one step further, imagine having to debate someone who is on the opposite side of where you sit on the issue. Is your blood pressure starting to rise a little bit? I'm not exactly certain when it started to occur, but in the last fifteen years or so, civilized and reasonable discourse seem to have been all but lost ever since the majority of our communications have moved to the digital realm.

Recently, we've been programmed to discard one another if we aren't aligned on key issues. The all too common line of thinking goes like this, "You must choose a side, and if you're not on the right side then I won't associate with you any longer." On a personal level, this usually entails unfriending or unfollowing someone if you don't share the same beliefs. On a public mainstream level, this often means cancelling somebody outright so that they are silenced by attacks with the intent to strip them of their credibility or struggle to make a living.

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