I’ve been really concerned by how much I’ve seeing people online block off people that don’t agree with them. I think it’s very dangerous to only surround ourselves with people who agree with us on every single point. If we eliminate from our lives everyone who disagrees with us on some point, we’re going to end up not only very lonely, but also unchallenged by other people with different opinions. And I think that’s a very dangerous road to navigate.
I was recently talking to someone in my family that has very different political views than mine. And I had a major realization: that even though we disagreed on politics, I admired him as a person. He’s a great father, a great husband, and has always been there for me no matter what. So why would I let one aspect of his personality ruin our entire relationship?
What I found is that in most cases, when I disagree with someone and I go deep and I look at the relationship we have and who they are as people, I realize that we’re much more alike than we are different.
So I don’t want to let one aspect of our personality or our belief system get in the way of us having a connection, or being kind to each other. So if you’ve been conflicted lately because this has been going on with you and some friends or family members, just recognize that you don’t have to agree with every single one of them on every single issue.
So it’s up to you to decide if you want to maintain your relationship and find common ground, find those areas of their lives and your life, where you’re alike, or if you want to only focus on how you guys are different.