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Common Ground #1

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I'll post the scripts of some little Instagram videos I'm doing here.

Thought For The Day: I believe that the critical first step to finding Common Ground with people who believe vastly different things from you is to start by stripping away all the superficial things that we argue about on any given issue. Here’s are two examples.

I am a diehard liberal, getting more progressive with each passing year, and yet I can honestly say this:

~ I frequently don’t trust what I see on the news. I think nearly every avowed Conservative would agree with me on that.

~ I can say to my arch-conservative neighbor that I am tired of politicians being asked a direct question and dodging it endlessly. They would likely agree with me.

So. What do we do with this knowledge?

We can use it to help us build allies from adversaries. By finding those points of agreement with others, we validate their feelings, and that makes them more likely to be willing to carry on a civil discussion. And civil discussion is where we all must start. Next time let’s talk more about the news!

[EDIT: I'd like to reemphasize that these thoughts are JUST starting points. Talking to people who have been fed a diet of lies for years will take a lot of time, but it's essential work if we aren't willing to live in a failed democracy.]
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  • LORI-K
    Looks good on paper. They will never change, bend or waver.
    Edited to add:
    I’m talking just from my point of view. All of the folks my husband and I deal with about all of this, they have only dug in further. People who used to have reasoning, have become people we no longer know. I am talking about family. They are not the same people.
    So many.
    124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2021 3:50:23 PM
  • MEADSBAY
    Good points, but like MA said...it takes two.
    I can certainly ignore or agree with the superficial ideas like politicians never answer questions directly but I can’t really deal with people who think Covid is a hoax or the election was stolen…just can’t do it.
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    124 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Totally agree. But for this to work the other side must seek common ground too.
    126 days ago
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